ASTM WK28099

    New Guide for Deployable Affiliated Volunteer (DAV) Program Development

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E54.02 | Committee E54 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides basic guidelines for development of a deployable affiliated volunteer (DAV) program by identifying the resource type and possible participants, general management structure and issues, and basics for development of a related program database. 1.2 The DAV is an individual resource, commonly an adult unpaid volunteer, who is a local asset coordinated statewide for mutual aid deployment (see Resource Typing in Appendix X1). 1.2.1 An example for deployment of basic-level DAV personnel is to provide support in logistics or a clerical position. 1.2.2 An example of deployment of a higher level of DAV is to provide supervision or management of DAV personnel or other resources. 1.3 The DAV program is a hub or umbrella program available to all eligible organizations and individuals interested in being a deployable individual resource. The program coordinates all of these resources into a single, organized system within a state. This may include personnel from various sources including: recognized and affiliated volunteer organizations, unaffiliated convergent volunteer groups, public/private sector individuals who may already have training but are no longer active in that job, general public individuals who are otherwise potential spontaneous volunteers, and other sources. 1.3.1 While the DAV program is designed to make the individual resource eligible for deployment, organizations with no current opportunity for deployment may also choose to require all their personnel to meet the requirements in the DAV program. For example, community emergency response team (CERT) programs with no agency authorized deployment status can become deployable through the DAV program. 1.4 The local DAV program is managed by a local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), creating a method for affiliation of personnel through the program and option of deployment of the trained volunteer resources in the DAV program. 1.5 The DAV program is designed to include oversight at state level to establish minimum expectations for intrastate consistency, made available by that state to local jurisdictions (such as a county) to administer as a local asset. An existing model is the land search and rescue (SAR) (see Guide F2209) volunteers affiliated with a county agency such as the Sheriffs Office, managed and deployable locally and state-level coordination between counties for intrastate mutual aid, with minimum expectations identified in resource typing. DAV personnel are eligible for interstate deployment as authorized by state level. Some individuals have additional specialized skill sets. 1.6 This guide is specific to responders regarding a disaster and does not impact an individuals other incident response eligibility. For example, land SAR personnel considered eligible for local SAR incident response are still considered eligible for that response with or without meeting the requirements of this guide. However, in the absence of other statewide structure, SAR organizations statewide can choose to require all members to be eligible for the DAV program and use the program to identify and deploy personnel statewide for SAR incidents. 1.7 All entry-level requirements for the individual DAV are accessible online for personnel who have not already met the minimum requirements through other training. This approach reduces local jurisdiction needs to provide basic training when recruiting for entry level. 1.8 DAV shall be deployed in a nonhazardous environment. Any DAV intended to be assigned in a more hazardous environment shall be required to have appropriate individual additional training and personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for that mission, with specific requirements beyond the scope of this guide. 1.9 This guide is more specific to application in the United States but may be adapted for use elsewhere. 1.10 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    Coordinate non-first-responder resources, trained volunteers and others, at the local and state level. Make this resource available for intrastate and EMAC response. (Similar in concept to the FEMA DAE Reservists but at the local/state level.) For adoption by government agencies.


    resource; resource typing; responder; individual resource; mutual aid; asset; disaster

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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