The Providence Emergency Management Agency recruits and maintains a cadre of highly trained volunteers to assist with the PEMA mission. This diverse group of individuals is trained in: Disaster response, Medical Emergency Dispensing Points of Distribution (MED POD’s), Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES), shelter operations, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, flood fighting, general preparedness, terrorism response, Emergency operations center activation, Chainsaw operations, and much more.
PEMA volunteers assist the Providence EMA and other municipal departments with manpower and equipment during emergencies and city-wide events. These volunteers could potentially assist in the following activities: severe weather monitoring, Emergency Operation Center support, communications, emergency preparedness education, Points of Distribution/Dispensing, traffic control, social media updates, debris removal, and disaster response.
- U.S. Citizen
- 18 years-of-age or older (14-17 years-of-age with guardians’ signature)
- Be able to pass a PEMA specific criminal background check
- Valid license, Passport, or State Identification
- Open minded
- Willingness to volunteer
Note: All volunteers will initially receive a local police background check through Providence PD.
The ideal volunteer should have excellent interpersonal skills, be able to perform well under pressure, have the ability to give and receive orders, and be able to complete tasks without direct supervision. Volunteers should also have the ability to learn 2-way radio communications. Those fluent in multiple languages, having sign-language skills, and amateur radio licenses are also sought after to bolster our response capabilities.
PEMA utilizes a tiered approach to volunteering which allows the individual to choose which level of involvement they would like to participate in. This gives volunteers of all ages, physical abilities, and educational levels, the opportunity to become involved in helping their community. PEMA regularly holds volunteer trainings, exercises and drills. Our monthly meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at Providence EMA from 6-8PM. All additional training information is emailed to volunteers or posted on our web page.
How Do I Join?
For those interested in joining the PEMA volunteer cadre, please contact the Preparedness Coordinator Pat Fitzgerald at 401-680-8096 or .
Additionally, you can reach PEMA via our main numbers: 401-680-8000, Fax 401-680-8058, or by mail: 591 Charles St. Providence, RI. 02904.Sign Up to Volunteer