Volunteer Emergency Services


Emergency Social Services (ESS) provides short-term assistance to British Columbians who are forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies. This assistance includes food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification.

In BC, local authorities are responsible for planning and operating emergency responses within their jurisdictional areas, including Emergency Social Services (ESS).

To make an ESS referral for rural residents please call the TNRD at 250 377 8673 or Toll Free in BC at 877 377 8673.

A Helping Hand Can Make a World of Difference
Emergency Social Services is Looking for Volunteers!

What do volunteers do?

ESS depends on community volunteers to plan and provide for the essential needs of individuals and families. The program is based on volunteerism and is dependent on the willingness of individuals in the community to help plan for the well-being of their neighbours and fellow citizens in the event of a disaster. ESS volunteers assist their communities in many ways, including:

  • Working on behalf of the local government
  • Providing for the essential needs of people affected by disaster
  • Linkage to first responder agencies
  • Informing local businesses of the program
  • Identifying potential reception centre and group lodging sites
  • Recruiting and training more volunteers

What are the rewards of ESS?

Making a difference as part of a team that provides assistance and a shoulder to lean on when disaster forces people from their homes.

Volunteers gain valuable experience and contacts in the field of emergency management.

Volunteer training is provided free of charge through the Justice Institute and support organizations. Training modules include Reception Centre Operations, Family Reunification and more.

Volunteers form the backbone of ESS and are recognized by local government as part of a network of emergency responders.

How can YOU make a difference?

Volunteer one hour a month for a TNRD ESS team and provide on-call assistance when required (typically one to two times per year). This time commitment isn’t much, while the rewards are great.

Is there an ESS Team in your Community?

ESS teams are active in the following communities within the TNRD:

Barriere Cache Creek Clearwater
Clinton Kamloops Little Fort
Logan Lake Merritt Spences Bridge


How do I get involved?

For more information contact:
Jason Tomlin
Emergency Services Supervisor
Thompson-Nicola Regional District
300 465 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2A0
Phone: 250 377 8673
Toll Free in BC: 877 377 8673
Fax: 250 372 5048
Email: jtomlin@tnrd.ca

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Search And Rescue

Search and Rescue (SAR) is a provincial resource that is available for local government use. When requested, volunteer teams are available to support Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) activities. All members receive basic GSAR training with some trained in specialized disciplines including Rope Rescue, Tracking, Swiftwater, Ice Rescue and Helicopter External Transport System (HETS).

Is there a Search & Rescue Team in your Community?

The TNRD have the following active SAR teams that work in our community:

How do I get involved?

For more information contact:
Emergency Management B.C. Program
Central Region
1255-D Dalhousie Drive
Kamloops, B.C.
V2C 5Z5
Phone (250) 371-5240
Fax (250) 371-5246

Website http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/SAR_Information.html