Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team


A unique concept in community based emergency response, providing timely assistance during a major incident.


Always Prepared

At OVERT, we believe in the power of community and the strength that emerges when individuals come together to make a difference during times of crisis. We are The Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team, a dedicated group of volunteers committed to serving our fellow Ontarians in their hour of need.

Ground SAR

Our team can be called upon to search both rural and urban environments.

Technical Rescue

Among the most specialized and highly trained units deployed by OVERT

Other Units

Incident Command, Canine, Marine, Communications,.

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Information Sessions

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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 diffeerent 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 volunteers of OVERT from the foundation of every deployment.  Without the strong group of 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.


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Team Units

The Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team comprises diverse units, each playing a critical role in a resourceful and professional search and rescue team. From technical rescue ensuring immediate care, to communications specialists coordinating efforts, and skilled searchers combing through terrain, every unit contributes their unique expertise, making OVERT an effective lifesaving force.

Incident Command

Proper organization and deployment of resources is critical to an operation

Ground SAR

Trained in land navigation, lost subject behaviour, clue location...


Trained to location human scent in a variety of situations...

Technical Rescue

Among the most specialized and highly trained units deployed...


Responsible for searching lakes, rivers, marshes...


Responsible for dispatch and tracking of personnel during an event

Get Involved

You can be part of our mission to make Ontario safer and more resilient. Whether you’re an experienced responder or someone looking to make a difference in their community, there’s a place for you at OVERT. Learn more about volunteering with us and how you can contribute to the well-being of your fellow Ontarians.


Support Us

Your support is essential in helping us continue our vital work. Donations and sponsorships enable us to train our volunteers, maintain our equipment, and respond swiftly to emergencies. Find out how you can support OVERT and make a positive impact on your community.