Was honored to help volunteer at the TR National Fundraiser. We setup in the Federal Armory downtown NYC and staged a Command Center within so attendees could get a sense of what’s involved when deploying to a disaster. It was run by Headquarters staff supplemented with leaders and volunteers from Region II. All the pictures were taken by TR staff/leadership…
Region II Chainsaw Operator Training
Region II planned and hosted a Chainsaw Operator training in April that was just fantastic. Even though I’ve gotten chainsaw training from during my time in the Fire Service, those experiences were primarily focused on opening roofs for even operations. After Hurricane Sandy I got a lot of hands-on experience working through the many, many downed trees on our property…but without ‘real’ training. Youtube does have a great deal on the topic, but nothing like learning from experts in person.
Our instructors, Alan and John, came down from Region I and were top notch. Some of the best field training I’ve ever received. The group was attentive, safety focused, and fun to be around. Below are just some of the pictures that Region II posted. Again, these are not my photos and are part of this public album
My first Team Rubicon Service Project – 2015.12.06
I arrived early in Sea Bright on the 12th of December to participate in my first Team Rubicon service project. Didn’t really know what to expect. Found a bunch of folks hanging by their cars seemingly waiting for someone in charge to show-up. Quick introductions – everyone was friendly. We made our way to the main building and eventually everyone assembled and Todd introduced us to the local volunteers we were supporting.
I was immediately impressed with the caliber of folks in TR. No egos, ready to get down and dirty, and no show-offs. My type of folks. It started raining pretty early and continued throughout the day – coming down really hard at some point. It became obvious it was no simple project and we got the main platform done by days-end. Loved it. Wanted to do more.
TR Region 2 posted this summary on Facebook
Joining the cause – Team Rubicon
In November 2014, while watching the Concert for Valor, we caught a segment that introduced Team Rubicon. I instantly felt a connection to their mission and a place where my skills and background could be leveraged to do some good. After doing some further research later that same week, I whole-heartedly signed on and have been privileged to help on various service projects that I’ll detail in further posts. Before doing so, I’ll say that the mission, and most especially the people, are of the highest caliber and I’m proud to be a part of the team.
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
Here is their story. Just watch it: