In its ongoing effort to scale up its disaster preparedness and response capabilities the Cayman Islands Red Cross recently trained and certified 35 of its advanced volunteers as members of the National Intervention Team.
The team structure is used globally by the Red Cross Movement to further develop the skills of a selected group of volunteers whose previous training and involvement have given them the foundation to fully absorb and undertake the tremendous demand that comes from being a team member.
‘Undergoing the training itself is a testament of their dedication given the tremendous amount of time which is required to get this certification,’ saaid Disaster Manager Hemant Balgobin.
‘Our volunteers were trained for a period of four days, from the 14th until the 17th of July, in order to cover all the material and be certified in the programme.’
All participants in the training were Red Cross volunteers from all sectors of the community which included those with medical backgrounds, IT specialists, accountants, construction workers, and domestic helpers, to name a few.
The senior level training allowed the participants to better understand the preparedness, response and recovery processes from the Red Cross perspective, and gave them more in depth information of the national
system and its overall function.
As a team which is trained to better comprehend the bigger picture in the national response, this group will be key in better serving the needs of their communities and the overall country.