Disaster City Volunteer Program - Moulage Required

RES503 - 5.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, this course can be scheduled to meet your specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or esti@teex.tamu.edu.


Some volunteer opportunities in Disaster City® require the use of special effects makeup to give victims the appearance they are injured. These opportunities involve the application of special effects makeup (also called "moulage") such as fake blood, burns, cuts, broken bones, and other techniques to give the scenario a high level of realism. Sometimes the volunteers are covered in dust to simulate being trapped inside of a collapsed building. The "Moulage Required" shifts start earlier than the normal volunteer shifts because they require time to apply the makeup and to let it dry.

The process of having the moulage applied to your face and arms is just like it’s done in Hollywood, but on a smaller scale. This process takes time, so be sure to show up on time for your shift. The injuries are applied by Disaster City® Moulage Technicians who are also volunteers.

One of the consequences of having moulage applied to your face and arms is that your clothing might become stained. We use standard Halloween blood, which has a tendency to stain some fabrics. Always wear old clothes you are willing to throw away or save for the next moulage scenario. Some volunteers will be given the opportunity to have some broken bones or metal rebar sticking through their arm or leg, and that will also require slightly ripping your clothes so the bones or rebar can stick through.

Our moulage volunteers make training and exercises in Disaster City® the most realistic in the world.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Volunteers are reminded of the following: 

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • You must be signed up for a volunteer shift in advance to participate.  
  • Always wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts, and understand they will get stained and ripped (no shorts and no short sleeves).
  • Always wear sturdy boots or tennis shoes (no sandals or exposed toes).
  • Always bring layers of clothing in case the weather changes.
  • Leave your cell phone in your car; you don’t want to lose it in Disaster City?. 

Email paul.gunnels@teex.tamu.edu or call (979) 458-5636 if you cannot make your shift. Remember, emergency responders are depending on you in order to conduct training. The most important thing about the volunteer program is to have fun.



You should complete one shift as a volunteer in Disaster City® before asking to volunteer for a Special Event.

Suggested Audience

Who Volunteers?

Disaster City® volunteers come from all walks of life, all ages, and many different communities, they include:

  • Citizens who wish to help Texas Task Force One
  • Animal lovers and people interested in canine search teams
  • Student groups from Texas A&M University, Blinn College, and Sam Houston University
  • Volunteers interested in emergency preparedness
  • Community groups such as Boy Scouts, and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
  • Local churches
  • Anyone who would like to see what happens in Disaster City®

Continuing Education & Professional Credits

    Other Information

    What is the moulage makeup made of?

    The makeup is the same used for Halloween costumes and in Hollywood movies. We use latex for some injuries so tell us if you have any allergies.

    How can I become a Disaster City? Moulage Technician? 

    After you have volunteered in Disaster City? at least three times, you are eligible to ask to attend a free moulage technician course. The course is offered periodically and as a Moulage Technician, you are then able to assist during training scenarios and exercises that require moulage. We ask that those attending the Moulage Technician course have a commitment to the Disaster City? Volunteer Program and be willing to support TX-TF1 training. Contact Paul Gunnels at (979) 458-5636 or paul.gunnels@teex.tamu.edu for more information about this course.

    Contact Information

    Phone: 9794585636 | Tollfree: (866) 878-8900
    Emergency Services Training Institute

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