Interested in Volunteering?
When you volunteer with Emergency Management Victoria, you join dedicated individuals who want to help their community in an emergency response.
During times of crisis, we know that communities will come together and help one another. People who are trained in emergency response can play a much greater role in the aftermath of a disaster. Well-trained, skilled volunteers play a vital role on the ground during and after a crisis. We have a number of volunteer teams that will play critical roles when needed.
Be a "Pretend Evacuee" in Emergency Training Exercise
Saturday, October 14
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (30 minutes)
James Bay Community School
140 Oswego Street
You're invited to volunteer for 30 minutes in an emergency training exercise on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the James Bay Community School (140 Oswego) to assist Victoria Ready volunteers practise setting up a reception centre.
A reception centre is the check-in point for those who have evacuated due to a fire, flood, earthquake or other emergency to receive emergency social services such as food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, information about the crisis, and reunite with family members.
If you would like to experience a reception centre and assist our Emergency Social Services team with their training, please drop by on Saturday for approximately 30 minutes as a “pretend evacuee”. An RSVP is not required.
If you have any questions about the training exercise, please call 250.920.3373.
Below is some information about our teams.
Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS)
- Auxiliary Communications Services provides backup communications services when traditional communication services are unavailable. They use various radio systems to provide two-way communications in times of disaster, are completely mobile, and provide messaging services to emergency responders and the emergency operations centre. An amateur radio license is not required to join this team!
Emergency Social Services (ESS)
- Emergency Social Services or ESS is a provincially funded program that utilizes local volunteers to support people who have suffered a disaster in their lives. ESS most commonly works with local fire departments to ensure that people displaced from their homes have their immediate needs provided in the aftermath of a personal disaster. They provide food, shelter, clothing, and temporary relief so that an evacuee can plan their steps to recovery. In the event of a major disaster, the ESS team provides services on a mass scale to evacuees who are displaced.
- The Cyclist Response Team, or CRT, are a fairly new concept in emergency management and response. On bicycles the team is able to perform damage assessments, provide logistical support between response sites and act as runners should the need arise. They operate under the ESS umbrella and provide surge capacity when needed.
- The Disaster First Aid Team, or DFAT, are activated when needed. Operating under the ESS umbrella, DFAT will provide first aid services at reception centres and group lodging sites when needed. They will not replace the need for hospitals or attend to the wounded in the field. When their first aid services are not required they are able to provide additional capacity to the ESS team.
The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Support Team is tasked with the set up and logistical support of City Officials who would be staffing the Emergency Operations Centre during an emergency or disaster. Other tasks that the EOC Support Team would be responsible for are basic computer and peripherals setup, clerical support, being a runner for supplies or materials, supporting the Auxiliary Communications team, etc. Ideal EOC Support Team members have some computer and networking knowledge, are organized and able to perform several tasks at any given time.
Urban Search and Rescue (USAR Victoria)
- USAR Victoria is a light and medium USAR team able to detect and locate victims trapped within collapsed or partially collapsed structures. They are trained to mitigate hazards and clear debris in order to make their way to and safely extricate trapped victims after a structural collapse. http://www.facebook.com/USARVictoria
Some general requirements to consider before you join:
- Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
- Volunteers ages 16 - 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the release form below on their behalf.
- A criminal record check is required to join and volunteers must resubmit a criminal record check every two years.
Volunteers are asked to sign a Volunteer Registration Form [PDF - 122 KB].
Training and Teamwork
Volunteering with Emergency Management Victoria is a dynamic and ongoing process. No experience necessary! We’ll teach you everything you need to learn for free but you need to be a team player and able to work in high stress environments. Positive attitudes are also a must!
There is a lot of training and work involved to learn and maintain skills that each team needs to be effective and efficient. We want to ensure that you are able to commit the time and are a good fit for whatever team you choose to join. Volunteering with us equips you with free training, valuable experience in public safety, and the opportunity to help your community in an emergency.
How to Apply to be a Volunteer?
If you are interested in joining any of our volunteer teams, please send an email with your name and contact information, and identify which team(s) you are interested to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250.920.3373 to begin the process!
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