The Story of Team Rubicon

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Team Rubicon Global's story

In January 2010, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. Initial reports of the devastation compelled a group of military veterans to assemble a team and deploy to Port-au-Prince to support emerging relief efforts.

In Haiti, it became clear that military veterans are uniquely prepared to provide immediate emergency response aid, oftentimes in the early hours of a disaster before larger relief organizations can get on the ground.



Team Rubicon recruits, trains, equips, organizes and deploys veterans to aid in disaster response operations around the world. This is our way of bridging the gap between returning veterans and their home communities. We demonstrate - to society and individual veterans alike - that veterans are powerful resources with skills to be harnessed.


A Sense of Purpose Team Rubicon offers a unique opportunity to be part of humanitarian efforts with a unified purpose, mission, and intensity that is reminiscent of military experience.
Part of a Community The team-based model gives veterans the opportunity to be part of a larger community with a shared vision, creating a familiar sense of belonging and comradeship.
A Feeling of Identity Veterans strengthen their sense-of-self by proudly identifying with Team Rubicon through the meaningful contributions they make on disaster-affected communities.


Over 140 missions rebuilding communities from disasters that range from hurricanes, to tornadoes, to floods, to earthquakes.
Over 35,000 volunteers committed to serve.
Over 5,000 veterans have deployed to over 20 countries, with an initial response time of 24 hours or less.
Tens of thousands of lives affected in communities around the globe.


TEAM: Emphasizes the organization's military ethos of small, cohesive units.

RUBICON: The river in northeastern Italy, that divided the Roman Republic from Gaul.

When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon at the head of his legions and marched on Rome, it marked a point of no return. The phrase "crossing the Rubicon" has since survived in reference to any group committing itself to a risky course of action. On January 17th, 2010, despite government and large aid organization's advice not to proceed, Team Rubicon members crossed the Artibonite River separating the Dominican Republic and Haiti, carrying crucial gear and medical supplies to the people of Port-au-Prince. Once across, they were irrevocably committed to their task. Hence the name: Team Rubicon


The Team Rubicon logo consists primarily of a cross turned on its side with a river flowing through it. The cross represents the traditional symbol of medical aid. It is on its side because Team Rubicon represents such a departure from the current paradigm in disaster response. The river flowing through the cross represents the "Gap" that exists between large natural disasters and conventional aid response. Team Rubicon serves to "Bridge" this gap; providing field triage and relief operations until large aid organizations and nations can provide definitive care.


"Bridge the Gap" refers to Team Rubicon's primary mission of providing disaster relief between the moment a disaster happens and the point at which conventional aid organizations respond. The "gap" is primarily time; the crucial window following a disaster when victims have traditionally been without outside aid. When the "Gap" closes - once conventional aid organizations arrive - Team Rubicon moves on.

Team Rubicon seeks to provide our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, TR also aims to "bridge the gap" between military and civilian life.

Start of Team Rubicon Canada

On May 1st, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Within days, the fire would sweep through the city and destroy more than 2400 homes and displace more than 80,000 residents.

The wildfire, which would come to be known as ‘The Beast’, would eventually grow to nearly 1.5million acres and cross into neighboring Saskatchewan.

Having established a strong and well-known desire to create a Team Rubicon in Canada, a small team of Canadian veterans set to work with their teammates at Team Rubicon USA to assess how to best support the residents impacted by the Fort McMurray wildfire.

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“Strike Team A3, under the command of veteran Team Rubicon member and former USMC SSgt Heather, conduct sifting of a destroyed Fort McMurray home with the help of the Incident Commander.” 14 June 2016

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Working with local and provincial authorities, Team Rubicon Canada joined with Team Rubicon USA to launch its first official operation: Operation Pay Dirt.

On May 29, 2016, volunteers from the USA, Canada - and eventually the UK and Australia - arrived in Fort McMurray and set to work. Operating as a multinational team sharing common skills honed in the military and as first responders, Team Rubicon’s 80 volunteers would train an additional 300 locals to assist over 900 homeowners to sift through their properties to recover their valuables.

Since Operation Pay Dirt, more than 30 Team Rubicon Canada members have deployed on operations abroad.

With this groundswell of support, Team Rubicon Canada is working towards an official launch later in 2016. Until then, Canadian veterans, first responders, emergency management personnel, and kick-ass civilians have shown they are more than ready to volunteer their skills in support of calls for assistance at home and abroad!

We are excited to launch Team Rubicon Canada…coming soon.

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