Road Rescue Volunteers
According to the Insurance Corporation of BC, there are approximately 300,000 motor vehicle accidents in B.C. every year. Most occur within fire department response areas where, if necessary, fire, police and ambulance respond.
However, approximately 2,000 of those accidents occur outside of these areas. In these situations, about 150 fire departments voluntarily respond with apparatus, equipment and personnel.
In addition to the fire departments, many communities have developed road rescue societies and some search and rescue groups have added road rescue to their skills.
What We Do
Road Rescue service providers may be requested to provide support to people involved in out-of-jurisdiction motor vehicle accidents, where specialized skills - such as vehicle extrication, rope rescue and other rescue services - and equipment are required.
Road Rescue Training
Road Rescue service providers maintain an on-going competency program that includes safety and training techniques for accessing people who may be trapped in a vehicle or machinery and hazardous material awareness. Training may also include embankment rescue and fire suppression.
Training is organized locally and may be provided in-house or with trainers who specialize in auto extrication and embankment rescue.
Volunteer with Road Rescue
The B.C. government doesn't directly recruit volunteers. If you're interested in becoming a Road Rescue volunteer, start by inquiring with your local fire department. Alternately, you can call your EMBC Regional Office and they will help you get in touch with a road rescue society or search and rescue group.
For convenience, we've provided useful forms and guidance materials that Road Rescue service providers may require.
The first goal of the British Columbia Emergency Management System is to ensure the health and safety of responders. We take that goal very seriously.
These documents provide in-depth information on safety, conduct, and measures taken to protect life and livelihood of Road Rescue volunteers.
Code of Conduct
Hepatitis B Prevention/Post Exposure Follow-up
Workers Compensation Coverage
Road and Medical Rescue is a critical component of B.C.’s Public Safety Lifeline volunteer program. These documents outline the services that volunteers provide through Road and Medical Rescue. To review the related policies, visit the Policies page.