Volunteer in emergencies

You'll be there to help when someone needs it most.

We have two roles for you to choose from:

1. Emergency response volunteer

From domestic fires and floods, to large-scale emergencies, our highly trained emergency response teams are there to help when crisis strikes.

2. Community reserve volunteer

Being a community reserve volunteer is perfect if you are someone who would naturally feel the urge to help during an emergency, but don’t have the time to commit to volunteering all year round.

Emergency response volunteer

As an emergency response volunteer, you’ll work alongside the emergency services to provide practical and emotional support to help people when they need it most.

We will give you training so you can support people through emergencies, including at rest centres, or during severe weather. 

You could also provide practical and emotional help to people following a fire, evacuation, transport accident or flood.

You’ll learn new skills, gain lots of valuable experience and be part of a close-knit team dedicated to helping people get the support they need in a crisis, and recover afterwards.

What you can expect

You don’t need any experience to be an emergency response volunteer. We’ll give you all the training and protective clothing you need to do your role.

You will be part of an on-call rota, working alongside other organisations and local authorities.

You need to be willing to respond to a call-out at unsocial hours.

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What we can offer you

Volunteering in an emergency will give you the chance to:

  • meet new people and be part of a close-knit team
  • learn new skills and gain valuable experience
  • give vital help to your local community when it’s needed most.

Apply for a role

Search for the role title 'emergency response' on our volunteer recruitment website to see if there are vacancies in your area.

Search for a role


Community reserve volunteer

Sign up to help your community in case there is ever a big local crisis – such as widespread flooding or a large fire.

It takes just a few minutes to sign up and you don’t need to do any training in advance. 

During an emergency, you will help with practical tasks such as preparing kit and equipment, filling sandbags, sorting supplies and making refreshments.

There’s no on-call rota, nor extensive training, and we’ll only call you if there’s a major emergency in your local area.

What we can offer you

Volunteering in an emergency will give you the chance to:

  • meet new people
  • give practical help to your local community.
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Sign up for this role

You need to sign up in advance and you must be 18 or older. 

We will only contact you if there is a major incident in your local area.

You do not need any specialist skills. We will give you quick training on the scene.

Sign up to volunteer