Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer throughout the Greater Spokane area--either directly with Greater Spokane Emergency Management or with one of our many partners. If you are proud of your community and would like to meet like-minded people, volunteering is a good place to start. In addition, it feels good to give back and help others.

In times of an emergency or disaster, First Responders (law enforcement, fire, medical services and utility companies) are under a lot of time pressure to resolve issues as quickly as possible. In some situations, they count on the assistance of trained volunteers. If you would like to assist in times of crisis, consider volunteering with one of the following groups:

  • DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team): This group is for individuals who want to assist Spokane County in a major emergency or disaster. Please visit the page for more detailed information. NOTE: Current Sheriff's Office volunteers are pre-qualified and only need to contact Simone Ramel-McKay with Emergency Management about their interest.
  • Spokane County Search & Rescue
  • ARES RACES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service)
  • MEOC (Mobile Emergency Operations Center): This group provides law enforcement, fire departments and Search & Rescue with mobile services needed for the command and control of diverse situations. If you are interested, please see the application information below, or for more information, contact Chris Barnes at (509) 477-3007 or via email at cbarnes@spokanecounty.org
Since all volunteers may work directly with Sheriff's Deputies, and in terms of policies, are like employees of Spokane County, you are required to complete a thorough application, including a detailed background check. Greater Spokane Emergency Management (GSEM) assists the Spokane County Sheriff's Office in managing volunteer information, including coordinating some of the training.
 
For all interested volunteers, please fill out the online application and the document will automatically be emailed to Simone Ramel-McKay. If you prefer to print it and drop it off, deliver to 1121 W. Gardner Ave., Spokane, WA 

For more information, please call Simone Ramel-McKay at (509) 477-3006 or contact her via email.

Community Partner Opportunities lists other emergency-related and public safety volunteer opportunities.