The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) is currently seeking volunteers of all ages to participate in an International Operations Emergency Response Unit (ERU) Training exercise between Oct 28 - Nov 6, 2019 in Toronto & Schomberg, ON.
Emergency Response Unit (ERU): A standardized package of highly qualified, trained personnel & equipment ready to be deployed in an emergency at short notice. Varying types of ERUs include logistics, relief, information technology & telecommunications, water & sanitation, basic health care, rapid deployment emergency hospitals & referral hospitals, and re-deployed depending on the function required.
The Canadian Red Cross has two health ERUs stored and ready for deployment from Canada – the Basic Health Care Field Hospital and the Rapid Deployment Emergency Hospital.
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Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to role play various mock scenarios that a field hospital could potentially encounter while fully deployed, and to experience just how Canadian Red Cross Delegates provide assistance to vulnerable people across the world – right from the front line! Volunteers will be asked to role play as patients, local staff and family members and will have a chance to be treated by delegates in a real operational field hospital.
Available Volunteer Shifts
- Volunteer Opportunity #1: Airport Greeters
Dates: October 28 & 31; November 1, 2019
Available Shifts: Varied
Description: Liaise with ERU delegates and direct them to awaiting transportation. Greet participants at Pearson airport, communicate with pre-arranged bus driver at YYZ, guide participants to bus, ensure all have arrived, troubleshoot.
- Volunteer Opportunity #2: Patient Injects
Dates: November 4, 5 & 6, 2019
Available Shifts: 1) 8:00am-12:00pm; 2) 1:00pm-4:00pm; 3) 6:00pm-11:00pm
Description: Roleplay as injured patients of all types in mock scenarios and get treated by CRC delegates in a fully functioning ERU Field Hospital. Volunteers to play roles, including patients, made-up to simulate being in an accident, 16+ years All welcome, scenes may be frightening as real life accident drama is acted out.
- Airport Greeters: Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Patient Injects: YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre, 13300 Concession Rd 11, Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0
Benefits of Participation
- ERU Team members will be able to practice their skills in a safe, non-threatening environment
- Participants will get a chance to meet, interact and network with Canadian Red Cross International and National Staff and Delegates
- Participants be able to see how Canadian Red Cross Health Emergency Response Unit Personnel are trained, and how they intervene worldwide in real-time scenarios
- Students will be eligible to receive community service hours for participation
- Volunteers are welcome to participate in multiple shifts.
- Depending on their role, some participants will be ‘made up’ with cosmetics by professional make-up artists onsite to look the part of patients/casualty victims.
- Not all participants will be asked to wear cosmetics. Some participants will be accompanying those injured and some will have internal injuries that don’t show externally.
- All participants will be provided with direction on how to act during the simulation and all roles are important.
- Volunteers must be able to transport themselves to and from the camp.
- Waivers must be signed prior to participation.
- Any participants between the ages of 16-18 must have a parent/guardian sign the waiver
- Dress Code: Casual and weather appropriate clothing. Old clothing that may come into contact with makeup/cosmetics and could possibly be damaged. Outdoor (comfortable) footwear.