The Southern Ohio Forest Rally takes place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 16-18 with additional activities occurring on Wednesday. You may volunteer for all three days or only one of the days. Most positions are a full day commitment, and you will be in the woods most of the day.

DESCRIPTION OF VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

The following is a brief overview of the various types of volunteers needed at the Southern Ohio Forest Rally. Every volunteer is greatly appreciated by the drivers and the crews and they will certainly let you know it.

Registration – Registration workers sign in competitors and volunteers at rally headquarters starting Thursday morning.  Registration sessions will be listed in the rally schedule.  This is a good job for those with computer and clerical skills, who don’t want to go out in the woods.

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 PR officer in assisting photographers, print media and VIPs.

Hospitality – helps set up worker party and worker box lunches.

Tech inspection (scrutineering) – helps licensed tech inspector inspect cars for safety and legality. Most cars will be teched on Thursday. Short sessions occur on Friday and Saturday before the rally starts and on Saturday at the rally finish. *Those who work tech on Thursday can still work as a course worker on Friday and Saturday.

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 Thursday and Friday. 

Service Marshals – Service marshals help set up the service areas early on Friday and Saturday 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 in 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 woods from morning through the evening. Experienced stage captains and co-captains coordinate the work of each group.

Course marshal – Couse 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 - Workers time cars in, count down and start the rally cars, as well as handle the finish control and timing. This is a good job if you want to see the cars and crews up close as they start and finish the competitive sections. 

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 crews unable to complete the course.  Sweep crews should be in four wheel drive vehicles equipped to winch rally cars and should be staffed with a ham radio operator. 

Medical - Volunteers qualified to provide Basic Life Support services are at the start of every stage, and all spectator areas. There are ambulances and back-up support at several locations. Proof of certification, medical kit and car are all usually necessary, but each event has specific needs.

 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

  • Cameras

  • Gas. Fill your vehicle before leaving

  • Toilet paper/Kleenex/Baby Wipes

  • Sunscreen

  • Chair

  • Bug Spray

If you have general volunteer questions send us an email, volunteers@southernohioforestrally.com

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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