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Emergency Response Unit

St. John Ambulance plays a vital role in the critical areas of emergency preparedness and response across Canada. When a natural or human disaster strikes, St. John Ambulance volunteers are there with advanced first aid and life-saving skills, experience and leadership. 

Our Emergency Response Units across the country are specially trained to support local, regional, and national emergencies. Most roles require providing medical care and assistance to other response teams either on site, during evacuation, or at a temporary shelter.  

These roles may include: 

  • On-site emergency care 
  • Psychosocial support services (Therapy Dog and mental health support) 
  • Search and rescue medical assistance 
  • Health services support  
  • Medical care in shelter 
  • Medical care during evacuation 
  • Community empowerment 


St. John Ambulance is a member of the Disaster Response Service Agencies which include the Canadian Red Cross, The Salvation Army, The Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Christian Reformed World and the Mennonite Disaster Services, among others. 

We invite you to join this impactful response unit. Sign up today. 

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