Derbyshire Emergency Volunteers

Emergencies can happen anywhere at any time, but the chance of you getting caught up in one is low. However, in the unlikely event an emergency takes place we have a team of hard-working volunteers who pitch in and help out during a crisis.


We set up Derbyshire Emergency Volunteers (DEVs) in 2012 to help people evacuated from their homes during emergencies like fires, gas leaks and floods and to help vulnerable people during severe weather and health incidents.

Volunteers work alongside our emergency planning team, adult care staff and other agencies to make sure evacuees have what they need while staying in a rest centre.

In other emergencies, such as severe snow, volunteers are called upon to help support vulnerable residents by delivering prescriptions and food supplies within their local area.

To become a member of the team, you need to be 18 or over. No special skills or qualifications are needed and full training is provided including an induction day to provide a basic understanding of the team's role. Those who want to continue will attend a one-day key skills course which includes First Aid, health and safety and safeguarding.

Volunteers will also need to have a DBS-enhanced check − formally known as a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check in order to work with vulnerable adults and children. Volunteers will also be paid for expenses incurred during training or in response to an incident.

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and can be excellent work experience for young people.

If you're interested in becoming a member of the Derbyshire Emergency Volunteers team, email: paula.mcdonald@derbyshire.gov.uk, register your interest online (opens in a new window) or tel: 01629 538364.