Volunteer roles and responsibilities

We depend on our volunteers to help us plan and provide for the needs of individuals, families, and response workers after an emergency or disaster.

Being a volunteer is a great way to:

  • make a difference in your community
  • meet new people and positively impact the lives of others
  • experience professional growth
  • be part of a dynamic team and have fun

Are you a good candidate?

Being an emergency volunteer would be a good fit for you if you:

  • enjoy working as part of a team
  • have concern for, and want to help, people who have been affected by disaster
  • can respond on short notice, sometimes in the middle of the night
  • are flexible and work well under potentially stressful situations

Interested in volunteering? Learn how to apply

Volunteer opportunities

There are a number of ways you can volunteer during an emergency.

Emergency Support Services (ESS)

Volunteers provide short-term assistance to residents evacuated from their homes during an emergency. You may help on site, at a reception centre, or at a group lodging facility.

Emergency Radio Communications (ERC)

Volunteers provide emergency communications through amateur radio if normal communications systems fail. An amateur radio licence is required to volunteer with ERC.

Emergency Management Team (EMT)

EMT volunteers help initiate and support municipal or regional emergency operations. Training sessions are held monthly. There are opportunities for specialized training with the EMT. EMT volunteers are always on call to respond. An amateur radio licence is required.

Emergency Education Instructor (EEI)

Volunteers teach emergency preparedness workshops and presentations to residents. Instructors may also be trained to teach Emergency Social Services courses to ESS volunteers.

General Services Unit (GSU)

Volunteers manage the Emergency Operations Centre check in and check out area. You will help in the EOC reception area and other areas as required.

Apply now for these volunteer positions

North Shore Rescue (NSR)

Volunteers conduct wilderness search and rescue operations in local mountains. The team can also assist North Shore municipalities during civil emergencies.

Applying for North Shore Rescue is a different application process. Visit the North Shore Rescue website for more information.