CHICO, Calif. -

The Chico based North Valley Animal Disaster Group held training all weekend at the Chico Fire Training Facility.

NVDAG responds to disasters around the Northstate like wildfires and rescues animals in harm's way. They also deliver aid and provide sheltering in animal abuse and animal hoarding cases.

More than a hundred volunteers packed the classroom at the training facility off Humboldt Road where they learned everything from simple radio operating to setting up a shelter as well as still water rescue training.

About fifty more volunteers signed on this year compared to last year.

NVDAG director Sandy Doolittle said the increase in volunteers is likely due to this year's drought and an expected increase in fire danger in the year ahead.

"I think people are scared and they want to be able to not only survive a fire disaster, but they want to know what to do in an evacuation for themselves and pets and family, friends and their community," Doolittle said on Sunday. "So I think that the people that have showed up here today are just really aware of how bad it could be this summer."

Doolittle also said they'll be holding more hands-on training in the coming months.

Monday the group will be visited by an animal crime scene investigator for free training that typically can cost as much as $700.

If you'd like to get involved or donate to the all-volunteer and non-profit group, you can learn how by visiting their website or Facebook page.