People Helping People
Emergency Support Services is based on volunteerism, and is dependent on the willingness of individuals in the community to help plan for the wellbeing of their neighbors and fellow citizens in the event of an emergency.
ESS volunteers are a passionate and dedicated group who respond to provide short term assistance and access to services in emergencies. A commitment of approximately 4-8 hours a month is required for training and meetings. We offer a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary program for volunteers to participate and work towards certification in Emergency Management, ESS and other related disciplines. Learn more here.
Consider becoming an Emergency Responder with an ESS Team in your community. We have ESS teams in the Skeena Valley, District of Kitimat, The Hazeltons and Stikine Region. ESS responders should meet the following criteria:
- Be personally prepared for an emergency or disaster
- Be concerned for people affected by disaster and want to help
- Possess good communication and organizationals skills
- Be able to respond to call-outs on short notice
- Be flexible and work well as part of a team
- Be in good health
- Have a sense of adventure
- Be willing to train/learn
ESS Training Opportunities
Training opportunities are available through the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Emergency Management BC, as well as, St. Johnâ€™s Ambulance and other community-based training programs. As a volunteer, you will receive credit for each course you participate in and/or successfully pass.