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Get Involved in Emergency Preparedness

  • The City offers many ways to volunteer to help keep your community safe and prepared for emergencies or disaster.

  • Citizen Volunteers in Policing Program

    Gresham’s Citizen Volunteers in Policing (CVIP) are the eyes and ears of the Police Department and create a visible presence in our parks, trails, residential areas and commerce centers. Volunteers do not carry weapons, confront suspects, or participate in altercations; they observe and report.

    Read more about the CVIP program.

    Fire Corps

    Gresham Fire Corps are citizen volunteers who help the Fire Department. Fire Corps volunteers carry out every-day, non-operational tasks so first responders can focus their efforts on the most critical, life-threatening situations. Some of these tasks include providing fire station support and community outreach.

    Station Support Teams

    • Courier mail between Gresham City Hall and the City's fire stations.
    • Provide station support during large scale emergencies.

    Community Outreach Team

    • Assist with staffing community events.
    • Assist in organizing citizen training events.
    • Promote fire safety and emergency preparedness.

    Incident Rehab Team

    Provide assistance to firefighters on prolonged incidents by staffing the rehab vehicle.

    • Hydration
    • Nourishment
    • Place to rest
    • Replenish air tanks

    Contact Kelle Landavazo, 503-618-2567 or, for more information about Fire Corps.

    Neighborhood Ready

    Neighborhood Ready brings neighbors together to keep an eye on their neighborhood, prepare for a disaster, improve safety and prevent crime and vandalism.

    Volunteer activities

    • Work with your neighbors to solve problems.
    • Learn how to reduce opportunities for crime.
    • Build neighborhood and community unity.
    • Partner with Gresham Police.

    You'll learn:

    • How to evaluate and secure homes, including doors, locks, windows, lighting, garages and property appearance.
    • How to observe physical settings, people and routines.

    Read more about Neighborhood Ready.

    Multnomah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

    Multnomah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a group of licensed amateur radio operators specially trained to provide emergency communications when telephone, cell service or other communications fail.

    Training is provided to interested volunteers.

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  • Contact us

    For more information about Emergency Management volunteer opportunities, contact Kelle Landavazo at 503-618-2567 or