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I just found this post and checked out our local red cross but had trouble finding the classes on advanced disaster life support and burn life support- psychologicla first aid was the only one I found.
Could you suggest how or where I can find the emergency service and blood service chapters in my area?
Also, was the training you mentioned free or for charge?
Generally speaking disaster courses are free of charge to qualified individuals. Most deal specifically with Red Cross policy & procedures and may or may not carry over into other professional situations. Usually the course is Disaster Health Services. (Disaster Mental Health Services is restricted to licensed mental health professionals, Psy D/PhD licensed psychologists, LCSW, psych nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors etc.) If you go to the main website American Red Cross
enter your ZIP code you'll be directed to your local chapter. All chapters have local disaster services. Usually you need to get involved at the local level on the disaster action team before you will be considered for the advanced training courses and deployment on national or regional disasters.
At one point I was the volunteer training coordinator for my local chapter (in the six months prior to 9.11.01 and about six months after) and was qualified to instruct several of the courses. The introduction to disaster services (or equivalent title) should be an online learning module available at the chapter level and is a pre-req for other trainings. You can also fill out forms at volunteermatch.org to be matched with your local chapter.
Good luck with your endeavors.