There are First Responders in our community that are specially trained and have protective equipment for handling those kinds of circumstances. It would never be the intent of the HCHD or any other responding organization to knowingly place a MRC volunteer in a situation that would unduly expose them to those sorts of risks. Our duties and assistance would normally be in support roles. Having said that, there are certain missions of MRC volunteers that might be more hazardous, such as serving on a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) that do more hands on/at the scene type of things. These folks also receive special training and have special equipment