Emergency Support Services

Emergency Support Services, also known as Emergency Social Services in some communities, is a program of the provincial government, facilitated at the local level in more than 150 municipalities across British Columbia.  Most communities deliver these services with municipal assistance and roughly 5,000 volunteers across the province.

Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, ages and abilities, but they all share the common goal to give back to the community by helping others.

Emergency Management BC provides support for registered volunteers and furnishes the essential legal authority to recognize volunteers as a part of the "official" government response.  As such, volunteer responders become eligible for Worker's Compensation Benefits and liability insurance.

Interested in becoming part of the ESS team? Sign up today!