121:40-1-01 Registration of volunteers.

(A) The purpose of these rules is to prescribe procedures, standards, and requirements necessary for the Ohio community service council ("OCSC") to establish and maintain a system for recruiting, registering, training and deploying all types of volunteers.

(1) A "registered volunteer" will be eligible to assist local political subdivisions, state or federal officials during an emergency declared by the state or political subdivision of in disaster related exercises, testing, or other training activities.

(2) In accordance with the state emergency operations plan, the Ohio emergency management agency will notify OCSC of requests for restistered volunteers and OCSC will identify those registered volunteers having the specific skills in the specific region requested.

(B) A volunteer must apply for "registered volunteer" status with the OCSC in one of the following three prescribed manners:

(1) Online registration

(a) A volunteer may apply for registered volunteer status by completing an online application found on the OCSC web site.

(b) The online application requires the completion of an OCSC approved training course and the submission and subsequent verification of the volunteer's credentials by the OCSC.

(c) The volunteer shall also complete a self-attestation form.

(2) Written application:

(a) A volunteer may apply for registered status by completing a written application provided by the OCSC.

(b) The written application requires the completion of an OCSC approved training course and the submission and subsequent verification of the volunteer's credentials by the OCSC

(c) The volunteer shall also complete a self-attestation form.

(3) Onsite in-person application

(a) A volunteer may apply for registered volunteer status by completing an application at a location identified by the OCSC.

(b) The application requires the completion of an OCSC approved, onsite training course and the submission and subsequent verification of the volunteer's credentials by the OCSC.

(c) The volunteer shall also complete a self-attestation form from and by the OCSC.

(C) Criteria for volunteers.

(1) A volunteer shall be no less than eighteen years of age on the day of the volunteer's application.

(2) A volunteer must satisfactorily complete an OCSC approved training course prior to being registered.

(a) Training will be valid for three years.

(b) Upon completion of the third year as a registered volunteer, a registered volunteer shall satisfactorily complete an updated or refresher OCSC approved training course.

(c) This training shall be completed between the third and fourth year after a volunteer attains registered status.

(3) A comprehensive listing of all approved training courses will be maintained on the OCSC web site and only by those courses approved by the OCSC shall qualify as approved trainings.

(4) By completing all required criteria, and upon verification by OCSC of an applicant's credentials and identity, an applicant becomes a "registered volunteer" in the OCSC database.

(5) At the discretion of the OCSC, a registered volunteer may be required to submit to a comprehensive background check administered by the Ohio bureau of criminal investigation and identification or designated investigative agency.

(D) Conditions for placement in inactive status from database.

(1) If registered volunteer status is based on the retention of a professional license/certificate, such registered volunteer shall be inactivated from the database when the professional license/certificate expires or is suspended or revoked.

(2) A registered volunteer shall be inactivated from the database if registered status was obtained through false or deceitful information in the application process or during required training.

(3) A registered volunteer shall be inactivated from the database if the registered volunteer demonstrates conduct inconsistent with that of a registered volunteer. Such conduct shall be construed by the OCSC and may include any conduct deemed detrimental to the goals and mission of OCSC's registered volunteers program.

(4) A registered volunteer shall be inactivated from the database if the registered volunteer received consistently unsatisfactory performance evaluations and is deemed unsuitable for future deployment by OCSC.

(5) A registered volunteer shall be inactivated if the registered volunteer fails to complete an updated or refresher OCSC approved training.

Effective: 04/21/2008
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/10/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 121.404
Rule Amplifies: 121.40