Emergency Support Services

Emergency Support Services (ESS) is a community-based provincial emergency response program required to preserve the well-being of people affected by an emergency or a disaster, ranging from a single house fire to disasters involving mass evacuations. The ESS program is intended to provide short-term assistance (72 hours) to evacuees of an emergency or disaster which may include the provision of food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, child care, transportation services, and family reunification services. The intent is to assist in problem-solving and foster self-resiliency to facilitate recovery.

ESS is comprised of community volunteers that receive ongoing training and practice exercises in advance of emergency or disaster situations. Volunteers are provided with FREE emergency management training through Emergency Management BC and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. The volunteer commitment includes attending monthly meetings (8/year), participating in on-going training and responding to emergency call-outs in your community.

Make a difference in your community, build valuable and transferable skills, and meet like-minded people.  Apply to become an ESS Volunteer by completing the ESS Volunteer Application Form and emailing it to ess@fvrd.ca