Emergency Program

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. 

FSJ ESS Volunteer Team Looking for a great cause to volunteer? The best time to prepare for an emergency is now! Become an ESS volunteer today and be ready to take action when our community needs it.

The Fort St. John Emergency Support Services (ESS) team meets every 1st Thursday of the month, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre starting September to June. 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

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