DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team)

What is DART?

DART stands for Disaster Assistance Response Team and was started to encourage more volunteer participation during emergencies and disasters.

What is the goal of DART?

Our goal is to have more volunteers signed up and trained so it is easier to contact known volunteers in times of need. 

Why is DART needed?

There are never enough trained volunteers to support the Greater Spokane area during emergencies and disasters when they are most needed. In addition, by connecting with volunteers in advance, we are able to learn their skills and interests, and together, determine where they might be most effective with their support. 

Who is eligible to be a member of DART?

Any individual who is 18 years of age or older. All applicants must fill out an application, possess a valid driver's license or state issued ID, and pass a background check. 

What are the training requirements?

Volunteers, once approved, are required to complete the following training to be a full member of DART:

  • Introductory Emergency Worker Training (classroom)
  • Defensive Driving/Driver Improvement Training (classroom)
  • FEMA IS 100 and 700 (online)

Once you have completed the required trainings and have participated in at least one additional training, you will be an official member of DART and will be given an ID. 

Note for Current Sheriff's Office Volunteers: 

1) GSEM & SAR volunteers are pre-qualified and only need to confirm their interest in being a member of DART. 

2) SCOPE volunteers are also pre-qualified pending approval by the SCOPE Liaison to the Sheriff's Office. They will also need to take the Introductory Emergency Worker training and FEMA's online courses. 

Training Opportunities

Diverse trainings will be available to DART volunteers. A schedule will be posted on the website in the very near future.

Online Application

Skills & Interests Form (online form coming soon)


Call Simone Ramel-Mckay at (509) 477-3006