Emergency Programs

Volunteer Opportunities

The Esquimalt Emergency Program is looking for volunteers for the following emergency teams:

  • Emergency Social Services (Evacuee Assistance) - Receive training as an emergency responder and assist residents displaced by house fires, apartment fires, police armed stand-offs, and other larger disasters.
  • Emergency Radio Communications - Learn about radio communications, get your amateur radio license, and provide vital communications back-up during emergencies.
  • Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program – Receive training in community disaster response. Learn about disaster first-aid, personal preparedness, light urban search and rescue, and rapid damage assessment.

No experience necessary. Training is free.

Learn new skills! Get prepared. Meet your neighbours. Your community needs you!

For more information, contact the various Emergency Program coordinators.

Emergency Social Services

The Township of Esquimalt is building its own Emergency Social Services Team.  Emergency Social Services (ESS) is responsible for planning and providing short-term, basic emergency assistance to individuals evacuated from their homes due to an emergency or disaster.

We're looking for community minded volunteers to join the Esquimalt Emergency Program's ESS Team. Training is provided.

Currently, Esquimalt ESS Volunteers are responsible for:

  • opening and operating Reception Centres to aid people affected by a disaster providing a referral service to place evacuees in local lodging facilities
  • providing registration and inquiry information to the Red Cross to help re-unite families
  • providing food to victims, volunteers, and workers affected by the emergency
  • arranging for distribution of basic clothing to those who require it
  • providing personal services, such as counselling, and meeting special needs, as required
  • planning for Group Lodging Facilities (shelters), as needed

For more information, please contact: 
Keith Davies
Esquimalt ESS Team
Phone: 250-412-8543 Option #3

Emergency Radio Communications

Maintaining a communications link is a vital function of the Esquimalt Emergency Program. Emergency Radio Communications provides communications back-up within Esquimalt and between Greater Victoria municipalities in the event that traditional means of communication are lost.

Emergency Radio Communications consists of amateur radio enthusiasts, who operate:

  • Radio equipment under the call signs of VE7EEP and VE7EEM
  • An Icom HF radio
  • 2-metre base station running packet communications
  • 2-metre portables
  • A citizens’ band and personal portable radios for short distance communication
  • A communications trailer to provide further back-up in case the main communications centre is unable to function.

Amateur radio operators are encouraged to volunteer to maintain operating skills and Emergency Radio Communications is able to provide support to volunteers, who are interested in obtaining their amateur radio license.

Emergency Radio Communications meets every Wednesday evening at the Emergency Program office to test equipment and practice message handling skills.

For more information, leave a message for John Fuller at 250-412-8543. Option #2

Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program

The NEPP arranges free workshops for the public on topics related to Individual and Neighbourhood Preparedness.


The courses below are offered periodically during the year depending on the level of interest. If you would like to leave your contact information and an indication of which workshops you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to Keith Davies or leave a message at 250-412-8543 Option #1 or click here for current courses offered

Individual and Family Preparedness
The Provincial Emergency Program lists 57 natural or man made hazards we might be subject to in British Columbia. This 2 hour sessions will walk you through assessing the risks, making a plan and preparing a kit to help you sustain yourself and family in a disaster. Being better prepared means you will recover and resume normal living quicker following a catastrophic event.

Disaster First Aid
This 6 hour course is comprised of two 3 hour hands-on sessions. You will learn first aid in a disaster. Practical skills will be taught and practiced using basic supplies. Learn how to triage in a mass casualty situation. Practice splinting a broken limb. Other useful first aid tips and techniques you can use to take care of your loved ones following a disaster when usual and familiar medical aid might be delayed or not available.

Light Urban Search and Rescue (LUSAR)
Following a seismic event (earthquake) or other major disaster, usual rescue personnel may be delayed or prevented from getting to your neighbourhood to effect search and/or rescue in home structures. As part of your preparedness plans, this 2 part session will help you learn to spot signs if a building is 'unsafe' to enter following a collapse. Learn how to form a search team, how to mount the search, building search techniques and tips for staying safe while conducting a search operation. We will also discuss how to bring someone out safely.

This 2 part session will be comprised of one session in lecture, and theory discussion with a second session of 'hands on' practical skills where we will mount an actual search and rescue in an abandoned building to use the skills and to practice the theory learned in the previous session.

In order to participate in the LUSAR sessions, particpants must have attended the Preparedness and Disaster First Aid sessions.

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