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PUBLIC SAFETY LIFELINE VOLUNTEERS
B.C.'s Public Safety Lifeline
About 13,000 people across the province volunteer their time and expertise in preparing for and responding to emergency situations. Emergency Management BC provides support for many volunteers and also provides the essential legal authority to recognized volunteer groups in responding to emergencies and disasters. Registered public safety lifeline volunteers are eligible for Worker's Compensation benefits and basic response expenses. There is also additional support available in the way of coordination and training.
Registered volunteers participate in Search and Rescue, Emergency Social Services, Emergency Radio Communications, EMBC Air, Road Rescue and General Services.
There's always room for more public safety lifeline volunteers. You too can be part of the team.
To become a registered Emergency Management BC volunteer, contact the Emergency Management BC regional office closest to you and find out how.
Emergency Social Services
Emergency Social Services provides short-term assistance to British Columbians who are forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies. This assistance includes food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification. Read more >>
British Columbia Search and Rescue
Annually, Search and Rescue volunteers in B.C. respond to over 1000 searches province-wide. Volunteer responders donate over 120,000 hours of their time on callouts and recent statistics show an astounding 95% of the subjects were found. Read more >>
Emergency Management BC Air Search & Rescue
EMBC Air's primary function is to assist Canadian Forces during search and rescue missions when additional resources are required. Currently, the organization includes over 100 aircraft crewed by more than 900 pilots, spotters and navigators. Read more >>
BC Road Rescue Service
BC Road Rescue is an organized service with members who may be requested to provide support to people involved in out-of-jurisdiction motor vehicle accidents where specialized skills and equipment are required. Read more >>
Emergency Radio Communications
During disasters and other serious emergency situations, when many other systems fail, a proven reliable means of communication has been emergency radio communications, notably “amateur” or “ham” radio. Emergency radio is a public safety lifeline that assists within the community and links the community in crisis to where relief and support can be coordinated. Read more >>
General Services Volunteers
The general service component is comprised of all other volunteers who provide their services to either a local authority or Emergency Management BC, including clerical staff, drivers, exercise facilitators, first aiders and manual workers. Volunteers who offer to perform short-term services in response to a specific emergency or disaster response task, will also be included in this component.
Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer
Volunteer ID Cards
Emergency Services Volunteers Injury, Disability, Accidental Death, Liability and General Insurance Coverage (2008) [PDF]
Confirmation Letter [PDF] from EMBC regarding WorkSafeBC, Insurance and Liability coverage provided for Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers.
PSLV Safety Program
Worker Care Materials and Tools Click Here >>
Websites of Affiliated Volunteer Groups
Below are provided links to affiliated volunteer organizations and societies web pages.