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 (registrations currently paused)

This role is ideal if you would like to help during an emergency, but can't volunteer all year round. We now have more than 80,000 CRVs and registrations are paused. Please keep checking back.

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.

A British Red Cross emergency response volunteer drives an emergency response vehicle and holds its radio communications speaker in her hand.

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

Community Reserve Volunteers are a network of people ready to help in an emergency, supporting their community by sharing public health messages, connecting with others safely and helping provide basic supplies.

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

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.

Sign up for this role

Due to an overwhelming public response, registrations for this role are paused.

We'll update this page when roles are open again, so please keep checking back.

There are many other interesting volunteer opportunities available.

Find out about other volunteering roles