Aspirant SRT members from all walks of life arrived on 29 September to carry out nine days of intensive training that will prepare them for deployment to a disaster zone if successful.
David Eby is the Chief Instructor for the course. With a past career in law enforcement training in the United States and a passion for ShelterBox, he has flown over to the UK for every course since the very first one in 2007. With this course being the last of its kind, ShelterBox spoke to David about the evolution of SRT training.
When did you get involved as a trainer for the nine-day course?
I was a candidate on the very first nine-day course in April 2007 and then became involved as a trainer in the following courses.
What SRT training was in place before April 2007?
Before the first course started, around the time of the Asian Tsunami on Boxing Day 2004, ShelterBox first recruited existing people from the community to go as Response Team members. As the organisation grew obviously the need for training did too, and with the recruitment process already there, the nine-day emerged and it’s been running and evolving ever since.
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