Emergency operations mobile support teams
Communities can ask Emergency Management BC (EMBC) for help delivering emergency support services. EMBC will send a mobile support team to train, mentor and support local volunteers.
About mobile support teams
Mobile support teams are comprised of experienced emergency responders. They travel at short notice to communities that ask EMBC for help.
Each of EMBC’s six regions has a team; except for the northwest and northeast regions—which share one.
EMBC pays the cost of training the support teams. It also covers the team's travel and accommodation expenses during a response.
Qualifying for a team
To qualify for a mobile support team, you must have:
- At least two years of experience on your local emergency planning organization, preferably in a supervisory role
- Completed these Justice Institute of British Columbia courses:
- Completed at least one other emergency support service or EMBC sponsored course, and
- A doctor’s certificate showing you can handle long periods of physical, emotional and mental stress
You must also:
- Be willing to leave your community within 24 hours of being assigned to an emergency
- Be able to stay on assignment for at least seven days
- Have your employer’s consent to join a mobile support team. (Note: You must determine with your employer whether you will be paid when you are called to an emergency.)
- Have the support of your supervisor on a disaster relief organization plus one other person
- Provide a current criminal record check
- Be willing to take any emergency support service position, and
- Commit to being part of the mobile support team for at least two years