If you have had Introduction to Disaster Relief and / or any specialized classes, and your class certification has expired or will expire this year, please take the opportunity and get re-certified, so that you may be able to serve when a disaster occurs. If you take Introduction to Disaster Relief, you need to recertify every 3 years, regardless of activation. To take Recertification class, you must be an existing volunteer.

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Introduction to Disaster Relief and Specialized Classes – Dandridge (East TN)

February 17@8:00 am-4:00 pm

February 17, 2024 – First Baptist Church, 951 Highway 92, Dandridge, TN. To pre-register for this class, contact Don Owen at dnowen@bellsouth.net with your names and classes desired.

Please preregister by Tuesday, February 13, so that we can supply you with the proper training materials.

The credentialing fee is $40. This fee will cover not only the cost of the ID, hat, background check, and membership pin, but also the cost of any of the basic training courses a volunteer wants to take over the next 3 years.

To be fully credentialed, you will need to take at least one specialized class after you have taken the prerequisite course of “Introduction to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.”

8:00 AM – 9:00AM        Registration

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM      Introduction to Disaster Relief (2-hour class)

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    Shower/Laundry Unit Training (Classroom)

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    Unit Director/Blue Cap Training (must have letter of recommendation)

10:30 AM -10:45 AM   Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM  Chainsaw Operation & Safety (Classroom)

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM  Damage Assessment

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM  Fire Recovery

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM    Lunch – $6/person

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM      Flood Recovery

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM      Forklift Operation & Safety/Skid steer (Hands-on) – must have previous classroom training and passed the test

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM      Bucket Truck Classroom Training (A & B) (must be currently certified in Chainsaw Operations prior to taking this course) (Volunteers must pass an exit exam to become certified.)

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM      FormStack (Bring Cellphone or Computer)

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM      Mass Feeding

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM      Spiritual Preparation/Evangelism* – (needs to be taken with other courses besides Intro to DR as you will not be certified with just this class as we do not do callouts on this class. This is for personal spiritual preparation before a callout.)

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM      Tree Felling Techniques (new class to learn new skills)

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM      Break


Registration Forms

Disaster Relief volunteers can now download the following forms to their computers and fill them out and bring them to the training. By typing these forms, it saves time with data entry and increasing accuracy of keeping your records.

Use this link to find the forms: https://tndisasterrelief.org/registration-forms/


February 17
8:00 am-4:00 pm
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Dandridge, First Baptist Church
951 Highway 92
Dandridge, TN 37725 United States
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