Emergency Volunteers

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Become an Emergency Services Volunteer

Palo Alto's Office of Emergency Services manages the city's Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) program. Our ESVs are Palo Alto community members who want to make our city more prepared for the range of risks we face. This is a vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods-based volunteer program that is directly connected to the city's emergency management organization. Whatever your interest, we can find a role for you. If you want to learn more, read about our mission and volunteer teams, watch a short video, and review other online resources below.

Download ESV Program Brochure

Become an Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV)

Our Mission

  1. Provide supplemental resources to the professional first responders of Palo Alto and surrounding communities.
  2. Facilitate means for neighbors to help neighbors (including business and other entities).
  3. Promote preparedness efforts before a disaster to make our neighborhoods more resilient.

Volunteer Teams


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Register for an upcoming Community Emergency Response Team training course.


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  Get trained to be a Block Preparedness Coordinator.


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 Sign up to be part of the ACS / ARES / RACES team.

Video Introduction to the ESV Program


For a larger version, please visit our Palo Alto OES YouTube channel




Neighborhood FRS Channels.  As of 1 October 2022, we have published an updated FRS channel plan for our ESV neighborhoods.  You can review it here: FRS Channel Plan Update(PDF, 513KB)(PDF, 513KB) 


Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteer Training and Exercise Calendar