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Volunteering in Emergency Management

Who We Are:
Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security's volunteer unit, Ramsey County Emergency Services (RCES) are volunteers who provides assistance at the scene of emergencies, natural disasters, and civic events.

What We Do:
RCES members provide emergency communications, coordination of resources, planning and labor…

At major fire scenes, RCES members assist with the many resources needed, such as helping displaced persons, setting up mobile lighting, operating the Mobile Incident Command Center or the Mobile Command Post and operating generators for emergency power.

At law enforcement scenes, RCES members assist local SWAT Teams and their negotiators, crime scene investigation personnel and the Ramsey County Sheriff's Dive Team (SDT) with mobile radio/telephone communications, search & rescue efforts, evidence recovery, radio directional finding, and other technical needs.

At major planned events or large-scale disasters, our members also assist with setting up, maintaining and staffing local government Emergency Operating Centers (EOCs), Departmental Operations Centers (DOCs), or on-scene from our Mobile Incident Command Center (MICC) or Mobile Command Post (MCP).  Members are trained to set up and staff local command centers in cities affected by disaster.

During severe weather outbreaks, our members provide SKYWARN spotting in Ramsey County and the surrounding metropolitan area in coordination with the National Weather Service and Metro SKYWARN.


  • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time the application is submitted
  • All applicants must have a clear criminal history – please fill out and complete the background investigation form(s) below
  • All applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • All applicants must provide proof of completion of at least 3 of 4 of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Independent Study courses 100, 200, 700 or 800 along with background form(s)


  1. Fully complete the Ramsey County Volunteer online application | Ramsey County Volunteer Application
  2. Fully complete the background investigation form | Fillable Background Form (pdf)
  3. Print and Mail the completed background investigation form to the address listed below.

Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
90 W. Plato Blvd.
Suite 220
St. Paul, MN 55107

If you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the applications, please contact Bryan Mayer.

Thank You,
Ramsey County Emergency Services
Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security