The scenario is a practical, hands-on exam in which you will put into practice all the skills you have learned during the course in a team setting. With your class you will enter a mock disaster situation under RescueNet leadership supervision. We will attempt to create an environment that simulates an actual disaster scene as realistically as possible. You and your team will work to respond to that scene as capably as possible. Again, this is not pass/fail.
1. You will first be required to staff a RescueNet training course at any of the locations where it is offered. This gives leadership and experienced staff time to assess you in a team context. This phase must be completed in order to be able to deploy with us. You will then have to acquire some basic gear and vaccinations in order to be deployable.
2. The second phase of the PP is an actual deployment. Once you have engaged in a deployment with us and have demonstrated competence on the field, you will exit your probationary phase and become a “Team Member.”
If either phase is not completed successfully you will be invited to repeat that phase and we will help you shore up the areas you may be having difficulty with.
We typically will know only the basics of our deployment when we leave. We will often have a contact in the area giving us information and will have some details about our initial location and mission; however this can change by the time we land and will likely change several times during our deployment. If we are travelling to an area where you don’t feel safe (and this will happen) you have the option to pray it through and decline.
This is because we intentionally go to dangerous places. It’s who we are. People need to know going in that we will be in some of the roughest, most devastated and potentially dangerous scenarios in the world. However, we always put our team’s safety above the needs around us.
You will need to keep your 1st Aid/ CPR certifications current at all times. Usually they will need to be renewed every 2 years. This is the basic level of emergency response. We hope you can join RN for further training every two years or so also. That’s not mandatory, but you must be involved in some sort of ongoing learning and training in order to keep your skills up to date and ready for deployment.
At home we need people to coordinate everything for those that have gone on-location. Administrators, communicators, people to arrange travel, or monitor weather and political updates – you’re all welcome and needed! It takes a lot to send a team out, and we need people at home to make things happen in the field.