Class Descriptions

NOTE: Not all of these classes are available at each training event

BASICS for all volunteers

INVOLVING SOUTHERN BAPTISTS IN DISASTER RELIEF (ISBDR) – Required basic training for all volunteers.  Will give attendees an understanding of how Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is organized to bring help and hope to people affected by a disaster.

MASS FEEDING 1 (Classroom) – First class in the ‘feeding skill set’.  It will provide an overview of the feeding operation and explain the duties and responsibilities of each position on the feeding team.  It will focus on the safe food handling process as outlined by ServSafe.

MASS FEEDING 2 (Outside/Hands-On) – This is the second class in the ‘feeding skill set’.  This will be the practical application of the classroom instruction.  You will learn how to set up a feeding unit kitchen outside. The task of preparing food is divided into processes and it is here each process is explained and experienced. This class will be conducted outside and the weather may be cool and wet. Be prepared to dress accordingly.

EXTRA specialty skills available for any qualified volunteer

ASSESSMENT – This class will explain the organization, deployment, work and ministry of the Damage Assessment Team.  The class prepares you to look and assess damage, fill out the proper forms, and to see and understand the spiritual needs of the victim.  Based on this team’s assessments then other DR teams may be deployed.

CHAINSAW – Upon completion of this unit the volunteer will be able to describe the elements of a Job Hazard Analysis required for chain saw operation. Define personal protective equipment required for chain saw operation. Apply the safety components of the situational awareness-individual complexity checklist.  All based on the individual skill, knowledge, and your understanding of your personal capabilities and limitations. All sawyers and brush pullers are required to take this mandatory safety training. After this training a date will be scheduled for the field proficiency chainsaw exercise.

CHAPLAIN – You must be a current Northwest Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer. This training follows the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Chaplain Training Manual, with instructor explanation and group discussion. This resource will assist you to bring help, healing and hope to individuals in disaster areas and also to the volunteers who come to their aid. The trainer may request that all attendees read the DR Chaplains Training Manual prior to the training. A link to the manual is provided on the Manuals page. ** Please remember that prior to deploying as a Disaster Relief chaplain, you must also have completed the ISBDR course within the past 3 years, and have completed the CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) course “Assisting Individuals in Crisis“. Your Chaplain trainer will help you with information about when/where/how you can get that training.

CHAPLAINCY RE-CERTIFICATION – You must be a current Northwest Baptist Disaster Relief  Chaplain. This training is a refresher course for current DR Chaplains, and also takes a look into advanced techniques and current trends.

FIRE CLEAN-UP a.k.a. Ash Out (DEBRIS REMOVAL& CLEANUP FOR WILD-FIRES AND EARTHQUAKES) – Discover ministry through the safe and effective cleanup of destroyed hopes, lives and property. Learn; first, the precautions necessary for the safety of the volunteer and second, the tools and methods for efficient clean-up.

FIRSTAID/CPR – Covers the latest techniques in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Designed to provide the volunteer with the basic skills of CPR to preserve brain function until further measures to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing can be administered. Also learn the basic but important first aid skills every volunteer needs to know.

FORKLIFT – This class will be in two parts.  The first part will be in the classroom with a study booklet.  The second part will be outside doing a practical exercise with the forklift.

INVENTORY CONTROL – This class will give the tools to set up and operate a site of any size.  It will teach you how to have control of your entire product and how to function in a safe manner.

MUD OUT -Flooding often leaves water and mud throughout the home destroying floors, walls, and contents.  Learn the safe and effective way of removing the damaged effects and preparing the structure for renovation.

SHOWER TRAILER – This class will demonstrated how to set-up the shower unit, properly maintain and clean when in continuous use and how to clean and pack up for transport and or winter storage.


LEAD COOK – This class is for those volunteers trained and experienced in cooking and feeding. The lead cook position on the feeding team requires the approval of the State Director or Regional Coordinator. They will learn the responsibilities of the lead cook, and menu planning for large or small daily meal counts within the constraints of inventory, time and available volunteers.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING -Also known as “Blue Cap” or “Blue Hat”. The class will prepare the unit leader to assume the role and responsibilities of the “Blue Cap”. Blue Cap responsibilities are assigned when a unit is actively deployed and it is assigned by the affected State Director or the Incident Management team. A unit leader who desires to serve as a Blue Cap will need certification in the following courses: First Aid, and the Operational Stress First Aid (OSFA) as well as maintaining their specific ministry training requirements.

FORM STACK – Learn the basic needed skills to navigate the DR Database used by DR leadership.

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