Starting on Thursday, June 4, more than 200 Red Cross volunteers from all across the state participated in the Fired Up! Institute in Sacramento.
The four-day training—presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)— was designed to motivate, energize, train, and prepare staff, volunteers and partners throughout California to help local communities effectively mitigate, safety respond to and quickly recover from disasters. More than 50 courses will be offered along with exercises that will build training participant’s capacity and confidence to continue to respond to any disasters, whether big or small, locally, nationally and internationally.
“Our volunteer workforce is the most critical and valuable resource we have and the goal of this effort is to match their dedication with a training, communication and exercise program worthy of their commitment to serve,” said Kathleen Weis, CEO of the American Red Cross Gold Country Region.
A backbone of more than 17 million volunteers worldwide gives the Red Cross the scale and scope to manage catastrophic disasters, mobilize millions to seek preventative health care, and care for communities displaced by war. The Gold Country region has the support of 2,491 volunteers.
PG&E and American Red Cross are both leading response organizations whose missions enhance the life, work, and well-being of Northern and Central California residents. For over forty years, the vibrant partnership has provided critical disaster preparedness and response programs to our customers.
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