Emergency Preparedness Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities

The Emergency Program has number of opportunities for volunteering, including:

Emergency Preparedness Community Education

Emergency Preparedness Community Education Volunteers educate the general public and special interest groups on personal emergency preparedness and  basic fire extinguisher training.

Emergency Support Services (ESS)

Emergency Support Services (ESS) volunteers assist staff by providing food, lodging, clothing and emotional support to people impacted by emergencies and/or disasters.  ESS volunteers also help with the set up and operation of ESS emergency centres; including Reception Centres where evacuees are registered and provided assistance and Group Lodging Centres where evacuees are temporarily housed.

Emergency Preparedness Communications (EPCOM)

Emergency Preparedness Communications (EPCOM) Volunteers provide back up emergency communications to the city during disasters.  Each volunteer holds an Amateur Radio License and is trained in the deployment and use of numerous modes of emergency communications.  

Additional Opportunities

Emergency Program Volunteers roles and activities may also include:

  • ESS Pet Services – dealing with the pets of evacuees
  • Emergency Supplies inventory and maintenance – inspecting and maintaining emergency supply caches
  • Ongoing training and development in emergency preparedness

If any of these areas of Emergency Preparedness appeal to you and you are interested in volunteering with the City of Port Coquitlam, we’d like to hear from you! Visit the Volunteering page and fill out an Expression of Interest form to learn when opportunities become available.


Port Coquitlam Emergency Preparedness Office
Tel  604.927.5466
Email ep@portcoquitlam.ca