Community Asset Register
The Community Asset Register is a territory wide database of volunteers willing to help during an emergency. The database plots assets on a map so if an emergency incident occurs we can identify those who could help. Assets can be people with either skills or equipment.
The Community Asset Register is currently managed and hosted by St Thomas Rescue, but other organizations such as the Virgin Islands Police Department, and local authorities can access it. The register was launched in 2022, and built on existing local databases. The Community Asset Register is a fantastic way to contribute to your local community.
What types of people, equipment, and skills can register?
Volunteers include individuals, organized groups, and business owners. Volunteers have a variety of experience, skills, and qualifications gained through work or as a hobby. We speak to volunteers to understand what equipment and skills they have, so we know what we can safely ask them to do.
Assets can include 4x4 vehicles, boats, search and rescue, first aid, and rope skills.
Current assets registered include:
Water rescue - boats, life jackets, and floatation aids
Vehicles - 4X4s, lorries, tankers, and horse trailers
Communications - VHF and CB radios
Aircraft - drones and small planes
Land Clearance - chainsaws and all-terrain clearance machines
Medical - first aid kits and stretchers
We expect volunteer equipment to be maintained in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.
How and when do we use volunteers?
We may ask a volunteer to support if they can:
Enhance our incident response
Intervene more quickly
Provide equipment we don’t have.
The majority of incidents are dealt with quickly and efficiently by emergency staff, so volunteers could go long periods without being contacted. To date, volunteers have supported incidents by:
Providing 4x4 transport during disruptive weather
Helping to clear areas impacted by severe weather
Assisting with maritime, and aviation rescues
There’s no obligation on volunteers to provide support, as we will always respond to deal with emergencies. But, if we believe a volunteer could help, we ask if they’re available. If they are, we explain where they should go and what they should do.
Volunteers acting under our instruction, are insured and can claim certain expenses under certain circumstances such as a Presidential Declaration.
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