Volunteer With Us

When you volunteer with VictoriaReady, you join dedicated individuals who want to help their community in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.

Volunteering with us equips you with free training, valuable experience in public safety, and the opportunity to help your community in an emergency. Well-trained, skilled volunteers play a vital role before, during, and after a crisis. We have a number of volunteer teams that will play critical roles when needed.

Volunteering with VictoriaReady is a dynamic and ongoing process. Experience is not necessary, but you need to be a team player and be able to work in high stress environments. Positive attitudes are a must!

Volunteer Week 2021

April 18 to 24, 2021 is National Volunteer Week. VictoriaReady volunteers continue to demonstrate compassion and dedication to helping others before, during, and after emergencies ensuring that we are 'VictoriaReady' and we would like to take this time to recognize all of our volunteers for their valuable contribution. This year, we would like to do a special shout-out to recognize Alan Mallett, leader of the Auxiliary Communications Services Team for his remarkable achievement of 50 years of invaluable volunteer service to his community.  Alan has dedicated countless hours to his role with the City of Victoria’s Auxiliary Communications Services Team. Alan’s expertise, knowledge, and dedicated service to the VictoriaReady volunteer team has been remarkable and key to its success. Thank you, Alan!

Emergency Support Servies (ESS) Team

Emergency Support Services (ESS) is a Provincial Government program for local authorities and Indigenous governments to deliver and coordinate essential services to the public during an emergency. ESS is designed to provide short-term, basic support to those impacted by emergencies ranging from a single house fire to larger events, such as extreme weather, tsunami, or earthquakes. These supports enable those impacted to re-establish themselves as quickly as possible following an emergency. The ESS program is financed by Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC) and is administered by the City of Victoria. We depend on volunteers to coordinate and deliver these services.


VictoriaReady is currently recruiting ESS volunteers to continue building capacity within the City’s ESS team, ensuring that we are prepared for all types of emergencies.

To join the City's ESS team, please fill out an application HERE.

Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and hold a valid provincial driver’s license. This position also requires a successful Canadian criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening. 

Already a VictoriaReady ESS volunteer? Login HERE.  

Cyclist Response Team  

Cyclists can play an important role in an emergency response, particularly when roads are damaged after an earthquake. The City’s Cyclist Response Team trains in bicycle trailering, maintenance and repair, first aid, rapid damage assessment, radio communications and wayfinding. The team trains at least once a month and members are required to onboard with CRC as ESS members before joining the CRT.

Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS) Team

The Auxiliary Communications Services Team provides back-up communications services when traditional communication services are unavailable. Members use various radio systems to provide two-way communications in times of disaster to deliver messages to emergency responders or agencies and the Emergency Operations Centre. An amateur radio license is not required to join this team.