NTSB Training Center.


Federal Family and Victim Assistance Operations
NTSB/FBI Victim Assistance Rapid Deployment Team (VARDT) Joint Training


Presenters from the NTSB, FBI and other government and non-governmental agencies will explore the basic competencies necessary to establish and operate effective victim and family assistance operations.


September 12-15, 2006 (Tuesday - Friday)

Times Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location NTSB Training Center • 45065 Riverside Parkway • Ashburn, Virginia 20147
Overview Basics of Family and Victim Issues
  • Unique differences involving sudden traumatic / violent death
  • Basic needs of families, victims and survivors
  • Psychological first aid and self care 
NTSB Family Assistance Operations
  • Mission and Key Operational Areas of Concern
  • Structure of the team 
Accident vs. Crime
  • Operational Differences
  • Differences in Victim/Family Assistance
  • Victims of Crime Statutes and Compensation Laws
  • Non-Transportation events- Federal Agency roles
  • National Response Plan Overview
  • FBI Evidence Response Teams
  • Role of American Red Cross

Preparation for 24/7 On-Call Status

  • What to expect in disaster response
  • Go-Bags, uniforms, communications equipment
  • At home preparations
  • Typical NTSB Activation

Family Assistance Response Functions

  • Initial Concerns upon Arrival
  • Relating to and Integrating with Local Authorities
  • Family Assistance Center/Joint Family Support Operations Center
  • Morgue Operations and Victim Identification
  • Site Visits and Related Family Requests
  • Personal Effects
Performance Results Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • Improve individual effectiveness when assisting family members and victims impacted by a mass casualty event
  • Describe and explain each of the operational response steps in a criminal event involving sudden or violent death
  • Work and interact more confidently on-scene with a variety of local, state and federal agencies  
  • Be better prepared (materially, physically and psychologically) for 24/7 on-call assignments 
  • Discuss in detail the roles, responsibilities and activation response protocols of the FBI VARDT
Who May Attend NTSB staff and members of the FBI Victim Assistance Rapid Deployment Team only
More Information Email TrainingCenter@ntsb.gov or call (571) 223-3900