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.


The OVERT Volunteers that make up the Marine unit receive training above and beyond that of the teams GSAR technicians. The Marine unit members have received specialized training in the areas of marine search and rescue techniques, as well as boating safety and water survival training. All Marine unit members are coast guard certified in the operation of a motorboat. The marine unit consists of a boat crew as well as a land or safety crew.

In the case of severe flooding the Marine unit can supply both equipment and/or marine personnel to assist authorities in evacuating people. During search and rescue operations the Marine unit is responsible for searching lakes, rivers, marshes and inland waterways. For body recovery missions the Marine unit works with K9, providing that unit with a water search capability.

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