Training Philosophy


EVP’s training philosophy can be thought of as a pyramid with each level building on the previous one.  Upon completion of Baseline Training and Initial EVP Training, along with the certification for the selected area of service, volunteers will be certified as responders in Israel and CERT responders in the US.



CSR Baseline Training 

The topics included are:

  • Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness
  • Unit 2: Fire Safety
  • Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations—Part 1
  • Unit 4: Disaster Medical Operations—Part 2
  • Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Unit 6: CERT Organization
  • Unit 7: Disaster Psychology
  • Unit 8: Terrorism and CERT
  • Unit 9: Course Review and Disaster Simulation

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

EVP requires that every volunteer become fully certified in the practice of CPR.

Psychological First Aid 

Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism. The training topics includes:

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Preparing to Deliver Psychological First Aid
  • The Core Actions
  1. Contact and Engagement
  2. Safety and Comfort
  3. Stabilization
  4. Information Gathering: Current Needs and Concerns
  5. Practical Assistance
  6. Connection with Social Supports
  7. Information on Coping
  8. Linkage with Collaborative Services


Initial EVP Training

This course will teach volunteers the acceptable standards of personal and operational readiness in Israel and to acquaint them with new or revised protocols and/or procedures. Training will be conducted by teams of EVP certified instructors from the US and Israel held in state or municipality-recognized emergency training centers with the emergency equipment necessary for effective training, plus simulation facilities in some cases.  Training will consist of classroom lectures, practical exercises, and drills on various scenarios. Volunteers will develop/maintain deployment readiness and allow EVP to assess volunteer readiness for future deployment. 

Example from our community training:

  • EVP Introduction
  • EVP Protocols
  • Deployment Preparation
  • Volunteer Activation
  • Culture in Israel (Jewish, Arab and others)
  • Triage
  • Filled and Combat First Aid
  • Search and Rescue
  • Terrorism
  • Disasters in Israel
  • Course Review and Disaster Simulation 


Advanced & Continuing Education Trainings

Advanced & Continuing Education Trainings can be taught to all responders; The trainings include breakout sessions for each area of service and the specific content is determined by EVP operational staff in Israel depending on potential scenarios and identified needs of the volunteer force.  The trainings will occur at regional training centers (in the US or Israel) equipped with the facilities and tools necessary for complete training and disaster simulation.  


Optional Web Based Training

Each volunteer will be provided with a list of optional on-line training courses that can enhance their skills in their area of service, or any other topic chosen by the volunteer.  For example, FEMA has a significant library of on-line courses that are available to anyone at no cost.  Volunteers are encouraged to continually improve their knowledge and understanding in all areas of emergency preparedness and response.



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