Emergency Support Services (ESS)

During the event of an evacuation order, the Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centre may be activated. The ESS Reception Centre is managed by the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), but volunteers from the community operate it to provide supports for evacuees.


Looking for a great cause to volunteer? The best time to prepare for an emergency is now! Become an ESS volunteer today by completing the form below and be ready to take action when our community needs it.

ESS Volunteer Form

Have you previously worked in an ESS?
Are you 19 years of age or older?
Are you willing to become a trained volunteer and commit to becoming a member of the ESS team, including attending bi-monthly training meetings?
(Please complete the CAPTCHA in order to submit this form)

The City of Fort St. John is committed to protecting your privacy. Any personal information you provide to us is collected pursuant to 26(c) and 26(e) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of administering City services.

Should you have any questions about the collection of this personal information, please contact the Corporate Officer.

Volunteer Training Meetings

The regular meetings for interested or established volunteers to train, review and improve the delivery of Emergency Support Services in Fort St. John. For 2022-2023, the following meetings will occur. All training sessions will run from 6:30 - 8 pm at the Pomeroy Sport Centre - 1st Floor West Meeting Room:

Date Topic
November 15, 2022 Intro to ESS 
Municipality & volunteer roles
Training opportunities
January 17, 2023

Online training for ERA 2.0

April 18, 2023

Review & update manual

Supplier information & renewals

Stakeholders & partners

May 16, 2023

Activation ready

Set up mock Reception Centre

Review position roles


If you would like to learn more, visit the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) website and sign up for the following courses:

  • 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
  • NEW! JIBC EMRG 1620 - Evacuation Registration and Assistance (ERA) for Responders (must have BCeID)