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Volunteer to help in an emergency - Join the Vancouver Volunteer Corps

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Are you interested in helping your community and playing a critical role during major events, emergencies, and disasters? Join the Vancouver Volunteer Corps (VVC) and show you care for our city and region.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Work with the public
  • Prepare for and respond to emergencies
  • Provide leadership 
  • Participate in public speaking

Volunteers are trained to be ambassadors during civic events, such as the Celebration of Light, Canada Day, and the Santa Claus Parade and in emergency situations, such as building fires or natural disasters.

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Opportunities for further training

You will have opportunities to pursue further training and join specialized response teams, including:

  • Emergency Social Services (ESS)
  • Neighbourhood Emergency Assistance Team (NEAT)
  • Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP)

Watch a video about NEAT, below.


The VVC welcomes your application if you:

  • Live or work in the Lower Mainland
  • Are over 18 years old
  • Speak English fluently
  • Have good communication skills
  • Enjoy helping people
  • Work well in a team environment
  • Are in good health


Volunteers are required to attend:

  • An orientation session, and Level 100 training (both are free)
  • A briefing session prior to each event
  • At least two public events endorsed by the City per year as a volunteer

Joining specialized emergency response teams requires attendance at further training and meetings.

Learn about specialized emergency opportunities for VVC members

Emergency Social Services

Volunteer to help Emergency Social Services during an emergency or disaster in Vancouver: run an emergency evacuation shelter, be on call, join a emergency response team, and more.

Neighbourhood Emergency Assistance Team

Take intensive training and volunteer with the Neighbourhood Emergency Assistance Team (NEAT) to support first responders during disasters.

Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program

Volunteer to teach others how to prepare for emergencies or other disasters through the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP).

For more information

Whitfield Crump
Captain, Emergency Management Division

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services
1330 Chess Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6A 4K6

Phone: 604-654-0630


Stay involved with the Vancouver Volunteer Corps

  • Register for training courses
  • See volunteer meeting schedules
  • Join specialized committees
  • Read volunteer newsletters

Login to the VVC member website 

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