Disaster Aid Response Teams (DARTs)
Our DARTs are our “Jewels in the Crown”. These highly-trained volunteer teams make our deployments possible and bring the story back to our cities, truly making the work of this organization real. An important part of the role of a DART is to be available to make presentations on behalf of Disaster Aid UK & Ireland.
At the present time we are not actively recruiting volunteers to become DARTs but but continue to take applications from those who may be interested in becoming a DART at a later date, and review their applications for suitability.
The Path to Becoming a DART Volunteer
First, you must assess your ability and willingness to become a DART member.
You must be:
- Physically and emotionally capable of living in a survival situation for a two week period with minimal outside support.
- Available for at least one deployment per year for three years.
- Accept that we only reimburse approved and agreed expenses which excludes payment for time given as a volunteer.
If you believe you meet these conditions, the next step is to submit an application package to be reviewed by the DART staff which includes:
- DART Application Form: “Our DART Volunteer Application Form is currently being updated. Meanwhile, please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to register an interest.”
- 4 passport sized photos;
- A photocopy of the personal details page of your passport;
- A current CV.
Please send the completed electronic form directly to email@example.com
If the review of your application package is favourable, you will be invited to complete an interview by telephone, video conference, or Skype.
If the outcome of the interview is successful you will be invited to provide a suitable Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check report.
Candidates who successfully complete the interview process and have provided a suitable DBS report will be listed to attend a four-day training and assessment exercise (Part 1 Training). Travel expenses to attend such courses are the responsibility of the applicants.
· The assessment is a field exercise to familiarize candidates with the DART program and what being a member of the team entails.
· It also is designed to familiarize each candidate with the equipment and offer them an opportunity to use the equipment in an exercise environment.
Candidates who successfully complete the Part 1 Training will be listed as suitable for deployment, under the oversight of a more experienced DART Volunteer, after completing the following:
· Documentation needed for insurance and deployment purposes
· Appropriate immunizations for worldwide deployment/travel.
Successfully completing one or two deployments will result in being recognised as having completed Part 2 Training and capable of leading a deployment in future.