Every volunteer is greatly appreciated by the drivers and the crews and they will certainly let you know it. Be sure to pick up your volunteer goodie bag at check-in.
Registration – Registration workers sign in competitors and volunteers at rally headquarters starting Thursday morning. Registration sessions will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The sessions will also be listed in the rally schedule which will be provided no later than 30 days prior to the event. This is a great role for those with computer and clerical skills. You can also volunteer to be a course worker following the close of registration.
Recce – mans a stage start location on Thursday to monitor competitors who will be driving the stages in normal vehicles and editing stage notes. This position requires an early morning start on Thursday.
Public relations – assists the Media Coordinator in supporting photographers, media, and VIPs.
Hospitality – helps set up awards ceremony/volunteer party and volunteer box lunches.
Tech inspection (scrutineering) – helps licensed tech inspector inspect cars for safety and legality. Most cars will be teched on Friday. Short sessions occur on Saturday and Sunday before the rally starts and on Sunday at the rally finish. *Those who work tech on Friday can still work as a course worker on Saturday and Sunday.
Bannering – Banner crews put up banner and signs along the rally course to indicate which roads are closed for competition. They usually work in pairs and need to be able to read and follow the route book. Bannering takes place on Friday and Saturday.
Service Marshals – Service Marshals help set up the service areas early on Saturday and Sunday and then stay in service to help competitors and service crews.
Course workers - The largest number of workers at a rally are out in the forests working on individual stages on the route. A stage crew is a group of 10 to 20 volunteers who are fully responsible for setting up and ensuring the safety of a section of road to be used as a stage in the rally. Stage crews will handle several stages throughout the rally and be out in the elements from morning through the evening. Experienced stage captains and co-captains coordinate the work of each group. *see below for course worker equipment recommendations.
Stage Crew Positions (Course workers)
Course Marshal - Course Marshals block all intersecting roads to prevent non-rally traffic from entering the rally route. They are essential for the safety of competitors.
Control worker - This is a good job if you want to see the cars and crews up close as they start and finish the competitive sections. Control workers are responsible for stage arrival time control, counting down and starting rally cars at stage start, and handling stage finish control and timing.
Spectator control - Spectator control workers help set up the spectator areas and spectator parking before the rally cars pass through the spectator areas. During competition, they help control spectators and keep them in safe locations.
Radio operator - Licensed ham radio operators provide a safety net for the rally. There are many people involved and it takes precise teamwork. The biggest task includes communications between stage start and stage finish and keeping communications open between rally officials. Radio operators need to provide their own radios and usually need a car.
Sweep - Sweep crews follow the rally route to assist teams unable to complete the course. Sweep crews should be in four wheel drive vehicles equipped with a winch and ability to tow rally cars and should be staffed with a ham radio operator.
Medical - Volunteers qualified to provide basic life support are at the start of every stage and all spectator areas. Proof of certification, medical kit, and a vehicle are necessary to qualify for this volunteer role. Additionally, there will be ambulances and other back-up support at several locations.
For stage workers you should bring the following:
Food, snacks, & something to drink (non-alcoholic)
Waterproof clothing and boots. A jacket or sweatshirt.
Flashlights and extra batteries
Extra power for your mobile devices, you'll have a little down time
Markers and ballpoint pens – Start and Finish crew will be furnished, but it is good to have extras.
Clip board with light if you have them
Radio scanner, so you can get the net
Gas. Fill your vehicle before leaving
Toilet paper/Kleenex/Baby Wipes
Clip board (if available)
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