Team Units

OVERT is a new vision in volunteerism. More closely aligned with the commitment, dedication and professionalism of volunteer fire fighters then with any other program in Ontario. Our vision does not recognize community borders – an OVERT deployment may see volunteers driving hundreds of kilometers, or fly to a different country to assist a community in need.

At the heart of the OVERT program are the volunteers. For the first time, this program brings together varied members of the community and successfully integrates them with significant numbers of police officers, paramedics, fire fighters, military personnel and health care workers. The Emergency Response Volunteers of OVERT form the foundation of every deployment. Without the strong group volunteers currently serving with OVERT, the organization could not exist.

Once a request for assistance is received, OVERT is capable of responding with a diverse set of resources. These resources being the team’s various units.

The Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team (OVERT) Inc. is an entirely new concept in community participation, education and response to Search and Rescue operations, community emergencies and disasters. Our team has expanded upon our original role as a SAR team, taking from this experience to make our organization more capable of assisting our community during major community emergencies.


Our comms’ staff are responsible for the dispatch and tracking of all OVERT personnel during an event. The safety and orderly maintenance of personnel in the field is critical to a successful operation. These staff members will relay critical information between field teams and command staff.

The team remains in contact with our units via radio and the activities are tracked on a dispatch software. The comms’ staff are also responsible for the operation of the command post’s wireless computer systems. Ensuring all the team computers are operational and in communication with our server to ensure the proper completion and recording of unit activities.

They are responsible for the set up and tear down of the command post and the related equipment utilized during an OVERT operation.

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