BC Wild Fire Response – Health Questionnaire


Thank you for your interest in serving with Samaritan’s Purse in British Columbia. We need your help to serve people affected by devastating wildfires. More than 200 fires are blazing across the province right now; thousands of residents have been displaced, and hundreds of homes have been lost. Samaritan’s Purse Canada is currently responding in two locations – Cache Creek and Vernon – to assist homeowners in need.

Join as we share the love of Jesus by offering tangible help to residents in their time of need. Volunteers will assist with ash sifting to help affected home owners retrieve precious belongings.

Volunteer Information

Volunteers will receive free orientation and training, and will serve with an experienced site leadership team. Personal protective equipment and all necessary tools are provided. Ash sifting is physically demanding and requires volunteers to be in good health. People must be able to tolerate high temperatures in short durations, and should be comfortable using a ladder.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years or older, and youth ages 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Volunteers are required to get themselves to the host church site, but once on site, volunteers will be provided meals and accommodations (if requested). Training is required for all first-time volunteers and is offered on Monday and Saturday mornings starting at 7:30 a.m.. Training takes approximately 2.5 hours, and includes a mask fit test. Please take this into consideration when planning your volunteer time. Worksites typically operate Monday-Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m..

Please note: Volunteers requesting overnight accommodations are required to have a valid criminal background check (completed within the past 2 years). If you already have a background check completed through another organization, you may send us a copy. Otherwise, you will receive an invitation to complete a new one online. This process takes a minimum of 24 hours to complete, and volunteers are not to begin travel until they have been cleared to do so.

Group Information

If you would like to coordinate a group of volunteers to serve together, please contact us at canadianrelief@samaritan.ca. Samaritan’s Purse may be able to assist with travel coordination.

Training may also be arranged on alternate days for incoming groups, or for volunteers available to serve for multiple days.

Volunteer With Us!

Our focus is helping with the restoration of homes and properties at no cost to allow families to safely return home following a disaster.

The first step in the volunteer application is to complete the following health questionnaire. All prospective volunteers must complete the below health screening assessment in order to determine their eligibility to volunteer.

  • If you indicate that you have any of the symptoms listed above or select "Yes" for any of the questions, you will not be permitted to volunteer at this time. Volunteers must be in good health and continue to self-monitor for any of the above symptoms. Volunteers must be willing to comply with physical distancing protocols and additional health and safety measures as outlined by the site leadership team.

  • By clicking submit, you declare the information on the form is correct and represents you. Additionally, you understand that the submission of inaccurate data will negate your opportunity to volunteer with us.