Emergency radio communication volunteers
During emergency situations, emergency radio communications, also known as “amateur” or “ham” radio, is a reliable means of communication.
What volunteers do
Licensed amateur radio operators volunteer throughout the province to assist with communications between individuals, and emergency operation centres when communications are down. Volunteers also assist in searches for people who may be lost or injured.
How to join?
The Provincial Emergency Radio Communications Service (PERCS), links Emergency Management BC with hundreds of volunteer amateur radio operators who are available to assist with communications in the event of an emergency.
PERCS volunteers train regularly with their regional offices and often take part in emergency exercises so they are prepared for any crisis that arises.
General — for all public safety lifeline volunteers
Volunteer safety and code of conduct
We are committed to the safety of all public safety lifeline volunteers.
Code of conduct
Volunteers have a high level of responsibility and accountability while performing their duties. The code of conduct documents outline the expectations and responsibilities of each registered volunteer, and contain the process for a breach of the Code of Conduct.
Workers compensation coverage
- Policy (PDF, 407KB)
- Procedures (PDF,245KB)
- FAQs (PDF, 328KB)
- WorksafeBC Form 7 - Employer's Report of Injury or Occupational Disease
- Policy (PDF, 120 KB)
- Procedures (PDF, 227 KB)
- FAQs (PDF, 230 KB)
- Form (PDF, 98 KB)
- Instructions (PDF, 260 KB)
- 5.02 Expense Reimbursement Request Form (PDF)
- 5.02 Expense Reimbursement Request Supplement (PDF)
- 5.04 Volunteer Equipment Repair/Replacement Request Form Instructions (PDF)
- 5.04 Volunteer Equipment Repair/Replacement Request Form (PDF)
Radio communications specific resources
Visit the PERCS website for specific resources for emergency radio communications.