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Emergency Worker Program
The State of Washington utilizes a program known as the Emergency Worker Program (WAC 118-04) to protect volunteers during Search and Rescue activities. This program is administered by your local Emergency Management entity and provides coverage for personal injury and damaged property to the volunteer. To be covered, a volunteer must be registered as an emergency worker with a county within Washington State. The preference is to have people registered prior to an incident (this ensures all paperwork is in place, including a background check). When specialized personnel are needed, which are not already registered, provisions can be made to register them at the scene. While this is possible, every attempt will be made to use volunteers which are already registered.
Questions and Answers:
Question: I am a member of the Chelan
County Sheriff's Volunteer Services Division, do I need to be an
Question: I have already completed my
Chelan County Sheriff's Volunteer Services Division Application.
Do I need to complete more paperwork to become a registered Emergency
Question: I was used on a Search and Rescue
and used a lot of fuel. Can I get that reimbursed?
Question: I lost some of my personal
equipment on a Search and Rescue. Is that reimbursable?
Question: I am a volunteer, do I need to
pass the NIMS Course?
Question: How old do I have to be to volunteer?