American Red Cross Certification Opportunities

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William Welsome serves as the Director of Operations with Atlas Adjusting, Inc. Currently a licensed public insurance adjuster in California, Arizona and Washington, William Welsome has had a prestigious and prolific career in the insurance industry, and spends his time outside of work in support of several charitable organizations, even receiving an award from the American Red Cross for his fundraising efforts. William Welsome has successfully worked in several major wild fires assisting in over $100 Million in claims.

The American Red Cross is a national non-profit organization that is part of a larger global network, all dedicated to helping people in need, whether it be through community programs, emergency disaster relief, or financial efforts. The American Red Cross is also one of the oldest aid organizations and was founded in 1881 by Civil War nurse Clara Barton. The American Red Cross is now one of the most prominent humanitarian organizations in the United States.

The American Red Cross has a plethora of opportunities for volunteers with the organization, ranging from monitoring blood drives to international relief efforts. Along with fundraising efforts, the American Red Cross also offers numerous opportunities for certification and training classes. These don’t necessarily have to be in service or conjunction with Red Cross efforts, but can simply be an opportunity for those who take the classes to learn ways to respond in an emergency or for self-development. Classes include CPR training, lifeguard classes, babysitting and caregiving classes, earthquake/tornado/fire classes, and more. To learn more, visit www.redcross.org.

Arson Dogs Help Fire Departments

accelerant detection canine
accelerant detection canine

 

A public insurance adjuster with more than 20 years of experience, William Welsome has helped numerous clients secure the highest settlement possible after experiencing losses from home fires and commercial fires. William Welsome donates time and money to charitable organizations such as Fire Dog, which helps local fire departments add service dogs to their ranks.

Also known as an arson dog, an accelerant detection canine is specially trained to sniff out accelerants–such as gas or lighter fluid–that may have been used to start a fire. Because of their energetic and friendly dispositions, Labrador retrievers or Labrador mixes are often trained as arson dogs. By identifying the presence of accelerants as early as possible after a fire, the dogs help fire departments and detectives optimize their chances of catching and arresting the arsonist. In addition to helping their handlers identify the presence of accelerants, arson dogs participate in community outreach programs and educational events focused on safety and fire prevention.

Wildfires Are an Ever Present Danger in High Risk States

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An experienced fire loss adjuster, William Welsome serves as director of operations with Atlas Adjusting, Inc., a company that represents businesses and homeowners who deal with insurance firms after experiencing a large insured loss. William Welsome recently helped more than 150 families and businesses with their claims as a result of the butte and lake fires in California. The butte fire killed two people and burned more than 70,000 acres and 900 structures.

A wildfire is an uncontrolled blaze often made more intense by droughts and high winds, and which can burn acres of land in just minutes moving at speeds of up to 14 miles an hour. Every year, more than 100,000 wildfires burn up to 5 million acres in the US. Hot, dry winds often aggravate wildfires in California. Dead trees in the state, estimated at 66 million, are also another factor for California fires.

Firefighters eliminate one of the three factors which make up the so called fire triangle: fuel, oxygen, and heat. A single wildfire may char tens of thousands of acres and involve the efforts of hundreds of firefighters to get it under control. Once a wildfire starts, the damage is hard to predict, with thousands of trees being destroyed, as well as ground cover, houses and other structures. Wildlife and human life are also lost.

Humans cause four out of five wildfires, so it’s natural to conclude that most wildfires could be prevented. People should always remember to be smart where fire is involved in high risk areas, and never leave any kind of fire unattended, or use fireworks in prohibited places, as even a single spark or ember may be carried by a strong wind, starting a wildfire unbeknownst to its originator.

Dogs Trained to Investigate Arson

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William Welsome is director of operations at Atlas Adjusting, Inc. As an advocate for those who have experienced a large insured property loss, Atlas Adjusting has achieved settlements for a number of clients who have lost property through fire in the $1 to 3 million range. William Welsome also supports Fire Dogs, an organization which donates an acceleration detection canine, or arson dog, to a local fire department each year.

Arson dogs detect arson-caused fires and have been used. Firemen and policemen use the dogs’ abilities to sniff microscopic quantities of chemicals. This is done to determine if a fire may have been started intentionally.

An arson dog’s sense of smell is so acute that it can detect traces of a flammable substance after fire has consumed nearly all the materials in a blaze – one dog is known to have detected an accelerant on a piece of wood that had been burned in a fire 15 years ago. Arson dogs can detect traces of gasoline, brake fluid, charcoal starter, turpentine, and numerous other chemicals which can be used to deliberately start a fire.

These dogs help investigators detect the presence of accelerants beyond the ability of machines engineered to detect the presence of chemicals, which cannot match a dog’s level of sensitivity. Only dogs with a special gift for identifying such chemicals are selected for this purpose. Arson dogs are not commonly found among fire departments or police forces, and so they are frequently loaned by their keepers to other agencies. The dogs also make appearances in court when it is necessary to present evidence of arson and to demonstrate the dog’s ability.

Red Cross Helps Families in West Virginia and California

 

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Experienced insurance adjuster William Welsome serves as director of operations for Atlas Adjusting, Inc., in Modesto, California. Outside of his duties at Atlas Adjusting, William Welsome supports the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross has been working on the ground in the eastern and western United States recently to help those affected by June 2016 flooding in West Virginia and wildfires in California. In West Virginia, flooding closed dozens of roads throughout the state and forced thousands of people out of their homes. The Red Cross has been assisting affected families by providing meals, relief supplies, medical help, and other services.

In Kern County, California, Red Cross workers are operating shelters to support the needs of those in the path of the Erskine Fire, which has destroyed 150 homes and burned through more than 50,000 acres to date. Although the fire was nearly contained as of early July, the Red Cross continues to provide direct support and guidance to the thousands of people who have been affected by the fire.