A core group of dedicated Emergency Support Services volunteers from the Central Okanagan are assisting evacuees at the Prince George Reception Centre.
Six members of the Central Okanagan Emergency Support Services organization left Kelowna on Friday night for a seven day deployment to assist with ESS reception services in the northern BC city.
If after the end of the deployment, their services are not needed in the Central Okanagan additional ESS volunteers from this area will replace them.
Emergency Support Services Director Catherine Williams says, “We have a very well-trained and experienced group of dedicated volunteers in the Central Okanagan. It’s great that we are able to offer our expertise and assistance to our neighbours in Prince George as they help those displaced by the wildfires.”
The Central Okanagan ESS program volunteers provide on-call response and temporary accommodation, food and other assistance for anyone who is displaced by an emergency whether it’s a house fire or a large-scale evacuation. Volunteers meet monthly and training courses and opportunities are available.
Anyone who would like to learn more about the Central Okanagan Emergency Support Services organization is welcome to visit the program webpage www.regionaldistrict.com/ess.