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City of Kamloops seeks volunteers for its Emergency Support Services team

The team has been working with people who have been displaced from their homes due to wildfires and directed to Kamloops. Volunteer training will take place from Aug. 7 to Aug. 14.
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Emergency Support Services volunteers gather for a morning briefing within the Sport Centre Lounge at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

The City of Kamloops’ Emergency Support Services (ESS) team is seeking volunteers.

ESS provides short-term assistance to residents who are forced from their homes because of fire, flood, earthquake or other emergencies.

The Kamloops ESS team has been working with people who have been displaced from their homes due to wildfires and directed to Kamloops.

ESS volunteers ensure evacuees have access to food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification.

“Our Emergency Support Services volunteers and staff are well trained to work in our virtual reception centre,” said Dan Sutherland, the city’s emergency program co-ordinator and assistant fire chief with Kamloops Fire Rescue.

The Kamloops ESS team is seeking new volunteers, with volunteer training scheduled to take place between Aug. 7 and Aug. 14.

Volunteers will be working directly with evacuees to support their ESS registration and provide referrals to necessary supports.

Volunteers must be:

• comfortable working on computers;

• comfortable speaking directly with evacuees over the phone;

• able to complete the necessary ESS training;

• able to obtain a police information and vulnerable sector check.

Those interested in becoming an ESS volunteer can go online here.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the 80 ESS volunteers and supporting partners who have been working hard every single day since June 29 to provide over 7,000 hours of support so far,” said Rebecca Cooke, the city’s ESS co-ordinator.

“We couldn’t provide the level of support to evacuees without their dedication, kindness and extensive knowledge. We are very proud of these volunteers and we feel incredibly fortunate to have them on our team.”

Emergency Support Services volunteers gather for a morning briefing within the Sport Centre Lounge at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.