Volunteer With Us

When you volunteer with Victoria Ready, 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 Victoria Ready 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!

Victoria Red Cross ESS Team

The City of Victoria and Canadian Red Cross are partnering to provide seamless Emergency Support Services (ESS) from emergency response to recovery for Victoria residents. The City of Victoria is the first municipality in the Capital Region to partner with the Canadian Red Cross to deliver Emergency Support Services.

Emergency Support Services (ESS) is designed to provide short-term basic support to British Columbians impacted by disasters ranging from a single house fire to larger events, such as wildfires. These supports enable those impacted to re-establish themselves as quickly as possible after an emergency or disaster.  The ESS program is financed by Emergency Management BC (EMBC) and administered by the City of Victoria and the Canadian Red Cross. We depend on volunteers to coordinate and deliver these services.

To join this team sign up to be a Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Responder HERE!

Requirements: Candidates must be 18 years of age or older. A valid provincial driver’s licence and First Aid Certification (training provided) is required. This position also requires a successful Canadian criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening. Apply here.

Already a Victoria Ready Volunteer? Login here to access the ESS Modules!

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.