Emergency Volunteer Opportunities

CERT logoThe Whatcom Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. If you are interested in CERT Basic Training class, email your name, contact email & phone number and you'll be added to the notification list.


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Whatcom County SAR Council (includes Bellingham Mt Rescue, Summit to Sound, 4x4 Unit, WECG, Dive Rescue, and Snowmobile), is a private organization activated by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, providing technical consulting and assistance in the field of search and rescue.


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Whatcom County ACS
Contact Robert Greene at 360-778-7166      
or [email protected] 

Bellingham ACS:      


City of Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program

The City of Bellingham Parks Department often assists when emergencies happen. 

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Support Officers of Whatcom County

Specially trained civilian volunteers who respond to 911 calls where there has been, or is likely to be a fatality.


The Volunteer Mobilization Center of Whatcom County (VMC) in association with the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative (FCSC) is a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer, 501 (c)(3) organization formed to provide a reception and referral center for emergent, spontaneous volunteers who respond to disasters within Whatcom County.

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Project Lifesaver through Dementia Support Northwest
Become a registered emergency worker in Whatcom County and receive regular training to aid in search and rescue efforts to locate program members in cases of wandering.


The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of regional healthcare provider volunteers. These community volunteers work to strengthen local public health, reduce vulnerability, and build capacity.