GR3 has extensive experience with fire, medical , rescue, safety and security, and psychological professionals in basic disaster preparedness training which include:
- Incident Command
- Resiliency/Spiritual Care/Psychological Care
- Psychological First Aid
- Triage certification through APA
- Food/nutrition/ mass care feeding
- Water purification
- Equipment Checklist
- Search and Rescue
- Child well-being
- Developing comprehensive emergency management plans
Skills have to be demonstrated in disasters or in their employment to be safe and valuable. There are 10 subjects at four levels: Awareness, 100, 200, and 300 topics. Each special skill is trained over 3-5 days, according to the level desired for each topic. Participants have to have completed the awareness training module and are encouraged to take the competency level topics above online. At the end of the training, participants will demonstrate a certain level of competency, both through exam and demonstration in simulation exercises. Upon successful completion of this training they will receive a Certificate of Competency. This training component requires advanced training material, and includes outside reading material and videos. Each topic also conveys some Train- the-Trainer components. It is expected that eventually these graduates will become trainers and supervisors in the areas completed. For example, because 25,000 persons were trained in the World Vision LACRO initiative, this competency program should at least prepare 2,500 graduates to become part of the Certificate of Competency program.
In many parts of the world, especially in the humanitarian field, the Graduate Training degree program is very significant for recognition and advancement (as well as employment). Currently GR3 is collaborating to offer students electives, certification and credits or CEU’s. Additionally, a field-based graduate (Masters) training program in Disaster Preparedness, Response and Management will be offered along with another Masters in Preparedness and Rescue Intervention.