We as ARES member do have an obligation to be trained
and ready to go when an
There are certain things
that are expected of us and we have to be ready and
able to answer the call
when we are needed, however one of the things we need
to be ready is the proper training and this is of great importance to both the
ARES group and
the agencies we serve.
Remember the more training we have the more valuable we
become to out served agencies.
Being a volunteer is a hard and thankless job sometimes, the
hours and time are long and the rewards are not many with the exception of
knowing you are giving back to the community that we live and we are making a
difference where we live and work.
Is that enough? Well it is for me and I hope it is for you..
Cross training; is going to happen with this group and I feel
it is necessary as most of the agencies we serve are not staffed with the volunteers
they need and we can help provide some help to them while doing our job as
Cross training is not going to be a mandate but it is goingto be recommended.
Take the Red Cross for example; they do fire
service when people are displaced.
They send out a DAT Teem anytime of the
day or night to help get victims placed with temporary housing and make sure
they have the basics.
The teem goes out without any communications except a cell phone, that is not a good thing nor is it safe.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had a person monitoring the radio just in case something came up?
Don’t you think we could make this happen? Sure, we can and it will not be hard to do.
This is what volunteering is all about making things better.
That was just one example of how we can make a difference and how a small ting can be a large help to others.
I hope you will take my stance on cross training and join me in making this work for the teem.
Remember this is our group and our community and we CAN make a difference.
Until next time,