Emergency Reception Centre entrance

Are these courses right for you?

Be the one helping others. If your organization wants to have a team obtain the applied knowledge and tools to help provide services and support for those affected by an emergency or disaster, these courses are for you.

Gain Skills and Knowledge 

Gain the skills to develop, implement and manage effective emergency support services.

Customized Courses 

Courses offered on-site throughout BC, and on a customized basis across Canada and internationally.

These courses have been developed for current BC Emergency Support Services (ESS) responders who are interested in skills development and updates to procedures.

Any community across Canada engaged in building an Emergency Support Services team or further develop their team’s skills will benefit from JIBC’s comprehensive series of ESS courses.  


Program strengths

Emergency Management Division in partnership with Emergency Management BC (EMBC) delivers Emergency Support Services (ESS) training to volunteers and staff across British Columbia.

If you live in BC and are interested in becoming a member of an ESS team please visit the Emergency Management BC, to learn more about the program.


Teams learn how to develop, implement and manage an effective emergency support services organization.


  • Setting up an ESS reception centre
  • Managing group lodging
  • Acquiring and managing food and clothing
  • Coordinating registration and referrals
  • Becoming an effective leader and ESS Director
  • Setting up volunteer programs and managing walk-in volunteers
  • Providing documentation and administrative support


Contact the Emergency Management Division.

Stay up to date on all the latest JIBC ESS news including upcoming course offerings and program deadlines by joining JIBC's ESS e-Bulletin mailing list.

For local dates of upcoming ESS courses, visit the B.C. government's ESS Training Page.


International applicants

International applicants are encouraged to visit the International Studies page or contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs


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