How to Help:

Volunteer with Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management:

The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is interested in volunteers with medical backgrounds (doctor, nurse, EMT, etc.), backgrounds in security (military, law enforcement), other emergency response (firefighters, Incident Command System) or other specialized skills. If you do not have any specialized experience, please do not feel discouraged! We can assist in finding the best program to fit your interests and experience. 

Please fill out the online application in order to begin the sign up process. 

Once you have completed the application, the volunteer coordinator will reach out with next steps. These steps will include filling out a Background Check Authorization Form and signing it in front of a DEM staff member. All volunteer documents can be found at the bottom of this page and in the document library on our website. 

Returning Volunteers Sign In Here:


Volunteer Programs Available 

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Jefferson County CERT LogoThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact our area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks.

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January 20, 2024 JeffCo CERT Organizational Meeting Presentation

Jefferson Search and Rescue (JSAR)

Wilderness emergencies seldom follow political boundaries. Olympic Peninsula trails cross county, statecropped-JSARLogoSmall-1 Opens in new window and federal lands. Search and rescue missions in Jefferson County are directed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, utilizing Jefferson Search and Rescue (JSAR) and other groups as resources. JSAR members also routinely assist search and rescue teams in neighboring counties as well as forest rangers on missions and cooperative training exercises.

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Jefferson County Incident Management Team (IMT)

logoThe Jefferson DEM Incident Management Team is a group of both professionals and volunteers who work together to staff the Emergency Operations Center during incidents. Volunteer IMT members support emergency operations by working in either Operations, Planning, Logistics, or Finance under the Incident Command System model.

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Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

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The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local volunteer units that engage their local communities to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability, build resilience, and improve preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

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Volunteer Emergency Communications (VECOM)

The Jefferson CVECOM logo Opens in new windowounty Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a voluntary organization of licensed amateurs who have registered their capabilities and equipment for providing emergency communications as a public service to the community. The purpose of the ARES is to furnish communications in the event of natural disaster, when regular communications fail or are inadequate. Sponsored by ARRL, the ARES functions at the local level to meet local communications needs.

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