Emergency Program

Citizens from the following communities are now able to go home: Williams Lake, Sugarcane, 150 Mile House, Fox Mountain, Esler, Pine Valley, Springhouse. The Evacuation Order is now an Evacuation Alert. An extension of referrals cannot be given to these areas, unless extenuating circumstances; granted on a case by case basis. Residents that remain on ORDER can renew referral forms, please phone 250-787-8150 to arrange an appointment.
If you have been evacuated from the central BC fires and require assistance in Fort St. John for Emergency Support Services (ESS) please phone the City of Fort St John at 250-787-8150 with your contact information and we will connect you with a local ESS Coordinator.

Emergencies can happen anytime or anywhere, causing injury, death, destruction and hardship for the residents of the affected community. The City of Fort St. John is committed to ensuring it is prepared to provide a coordinated response to any emergency within the community quickly and effectively in order to save lives, reduce suffering and protect property.

The City of Fort St John Emergency Measures Bylaw 1751 sets the framework for the City’s emergency program, including the creation of a trained Emergency Operations Centre management team, a functional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) that would be the control centre in the event of an emergency or disaster, and a written emergency response plan.

The City Emergency Response Plan aligns with the BC Emergency Response Management System and has taken an all-hazards approach to managing risks in the community. Local emergency services, industry and government work with the City of Fort St. John to coordinate activities, conduct exercises and consult on improvements to the plan.

During the event of an evacuation order the Emergency Social Services (ESS) Reception may be activated.  The ESS Reception Centre is managed by the municipality's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) but it is operated by volunteers from the community. 

The Fort St. John Emergency Support Services (ESS) team meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month, starting Oct 10, 2017 to May 2018. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please attend a meeting or send an email to recreation@fortstjohn.ca for information and request sign up forms to complete and return.

ESS Volunteer Forms and Requirements:

  • Registration Form
  • Code of Conduct
  • Volunteer Contract
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Drivers Abstract
  • Employer Contact Information
  • Copy of First Aid Certification

ESS Volunteer Training Opportunities:

The City of Fort St John and the District of Taylor will be co-hosting a session; "Planning for People with Disabilities in Disasters" instructed by Disability Alliance BC covers a functional needs framework applicable to all communities. Disability Alliance BC, will be working with local government emergency programs in BC to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities are included in emergency planning and response.
Course Date: Sept 9, 2017
Location: Pomeroy Sport Centre, 9234 96 St FSJ
Time: 9:30-4pm
Registration: No cost, please RSVP by Aug 31st

EMBC course; Managing Volunteer Programs, EMRG 1674. This course is intended for emergency management professionals and volunteers with responsibilities for managing volunteer programs. It provides information on the fundamentals of volunteer management including recruiting, managing, and retaining volunteers. It also addresses issues such as risk management and liability, worker care, volunteer management software, and handling challenging volunteers.
Course Date: Sept 23, 2017
Location: Pomeroy Sport Centre, 9234 96 St FSJ
Time: 8:30-4pm
Registration: No cost, please RSVP by Sept 15

Please RSVP to Carrie Storozynsky, Community Services Clerk at cstorozynsky@fortstjohn.ca by the dates noted above, if you have any dietary restrictions, please advise.

Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) Online Courses (Free & Paid)

  • JIBC EMRG 1600- Intro to ESS (previously ESS 100)
  • JIBC EMRG 1607- Level 1 ESS (previously ESS 107)
  • JIBC EMRG 1610- Intro to Reception Centres

Questions or Comments?

Contact: Emergency Coordinator
Phone: 250.787.8158