Public safety lifeline volunteers registration and ID card

This page was created to clarify the difference between the two different types of 'registration' you'll hear about as a public safety lifeline volunteer (PSLV).

You will also find information about EMBC ID cards. Your PSLV group/team lead will let you know if this is something they use.

EMBC registration v. TASK registration

You will likely hear both TASK registration and EMBC registration. Let us explain both of these terms and how they are different. 

Task Registration – as a volunteer you will be asked to 'register' when you arrive on-scene to perform your duties. Basically, a task registration is a sign in sheet that tracks the volunteers that are assigned to an emergency incident.

By signing on as part of a task registration the B.C. government will provide workers’ compensation and liability coverage for eligible training sessions, exercises, seminars, workshops, and emergency tasks.

EMBC Registration – You may be asked to register with EMBC. In most cases you will receive an ID card from EMBC as part of this registration. If applicable, your team/group leader will provide you with the registration form.

Apart from providing ID, this type of registration creates an official record with EMBC. This way, when a volunteer signs onto a TASK registration, EMBC has their information on file. In addition, EMBC registration may provide funding for equipment and occupational health and safety programming to the organization the volunteer works with.


Identification cards

An ID card, with a photograph of the individual and their affiliated organization, may be issued to a public safety lifeline volunteer by request—if your organization uses them. 

ID cards may help establish an individual's authority to access designated sites in an emergency, particularly areas that may not be accessible to the public. ID cards are the property of EMBC.

If your organization does use ID cards and registers their volunteers with EMBC, the group/team leader will provide you with the necessary form. Volunteers aged 16 to 18 years will need a parent or guardian sign the consent.

Completed applications are then sent to the group/team’s EMBC Regional Office. Once the applicable EMBC Regional Manager has signed off on the registration, it is then forwarded to the EMBC head office for processing. Group/teams should retain a copy of the package for their files.

Completed ID cards will be mailed to the team leader or person indicated on the batch sheet.

Photograph format

In order to process an ID Card, we require a photograph. Provide a digital photograph that includes your head and shoulders.

Your group/team lead will submit it as part of your registration package to the nearest EMBC Regional office.


Renew or Update Information

ID cards must be renewed every five years and surrendered upon termination of volunteer status.

If your personal information needs to be updated, ask your team lead and they'll have you complete a new EMBC registration form.

Loss of an ID card should be immediately reported to the appropriate EMBC Regional Manager or public safety group/team leader.