Vernon Emergency Support Services (ESS) is currently recruiting people who are interested in volunteering with the team. There are many roles available, some of which require a successful police information check (pic) to safeguard the well-being of evacuees.
In general we are looking for volunteers 19 years of age or older with:
As a Vernon ESS volunteer you would be helping members of your community displaced by house fires, floods or other disasters.
Please read "About Us" to gain a greater understanding about ESS. We look forward to your application.
Vernon Emergency Support Services is comprised of a group of dedicated and civic minded people who volunteer their time to work with the City and assist people evacuated from their homes due to fire, flood, landslide, and other emergencies.
Around the Province there are hundreds of similar local volunteer groups working to deliver a provincially resourced array of services and resources to evacuees. These services, offered for a period of time directly following an evacuation order, may include food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, information about the disaster, and family reunification.
What is it that Emergency Support Service (ESS) Volunteers Do?
How is ESS response structured?
Level 1: A small localized event such as a fire affecting one or two households; usually less than 12 people.
Level 2: A significant event affecting more than 12 people, such as an apartment fire. A reception centre is established – usually for a short duration.
Level 3: A major emergency, such as large scale flooding or interface wild fires, involving a large scale evacuation. More than one reception centre may be established. Duration of operation may last days or weeks.