The City of Abbotsford Emergency Support Services (ESS) volunteers are a group of dedicated individuals who help plan for the wellbeing of their neighbours and fellow citizens in the event of a disaster. A commitment of approximately 4 - 6 hours per month is required for meetings, free training and exercises. More hours may be required during emergencies or disasters. Volunteers are required to:
- be in good health
- be at least 16 years of age
- have a valid BC Drivers licence
- do a Criminal Record check and a Vulnerable Sector Search is requested as part of the application process
ESS provides short-term services (generally for up to 72 hours) to preserve the emotional and physical wellbeing of evacuees and response workers in emergency situations. This assistance includes providing food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, and family reunification.
There are monthly meetings and training sessions for all volunteers so they have the skills to:
- Act as a liaison between the evacuees and the first responders.
- Provide temporary services to evacuees and a safe place where they can gather to receive assistance and information.
Provide Emergency Preparedness education to the public and community organizations.
For information on how to become a ESS volunteer, review ESS Volunteer Information.
To join the team and serve the community.