What is a Disaster Service Worker?
California Government Code Section 3100-3109 defines the role of Disaster Service Workers (DSW).
A Disaster Service Worker includes all public employees and all volunteers in any disaster council or emergency organization accredited by the Office of Emergency Services. The term “public employees” includes all persons employed by the state or any county, city, city and county, state agency or public district, excluding legal aliens. All County of Fresno employees have taken and subscribed to an oath at the time of hire to serve as a Disaster Service Worker in time of need. Disaster Service Workers are authorized to carry out activities consistent with the California Emergency Services Act to aid in the response and recovery phases of a disaster or emergency.
Before they enter upon their duties, DSW Volunteers must take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation as set forth in the California Constitution. Disaster Service Worker Volunteers do not receive any pay or compensation, monetary or otherwise for services provided. Please click here for additional information on Disaster Service Worker roles and responsibilities.
Disaster Service Worker Volunteers
Thank you for your interest in serving as Disaster Service Worker Volunteer, the County of Fresno appreciates your time and willingness to help your community during this challenging time as we stand apart and work together to overcome COVID-19. The need for DSW Volunteers is currently being reviewed and will constantly be updated. Please be patient if you are not contacted immediately for assistance. You can check the need for volunteers at any time by visiting this page where the need will be posted and by following our social medial links noted below.
If you’re a healthcare professional with an active license or a student in the health care field, please complete our volunteer form and register at https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/
Safety and Social Distancing
All volunteers will be provided with training and personal protective equipment and required to adhere to social distancing requirements (e.g. maintaining 6 feet distance from others, constant hand washing and cleaning high contact surface areas). Any volunteers who are in the at-risk population (volunteers over 65 years old or with underlying health conditions consistent with CDC guidelines) may be able to assist through call center or web based assistance. Please include any special considerations when completing your volunteer form.
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions at (559) 600-1830 or at: HRVolunteers@fresnocountyca.gov