Saanich Emergency Program volunteers recognized during National Volunteer Week

April 21, 2022

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Saanich Emergency Program volunteers showcasing the emergency preparedness booth at public events around Saanich


Saanich Emergency Program volunteers recognized during National Volunteer Week

Saanich, BC –The Saanich Emergency Program (SEP) celebrates National Volunteer Week from April 24 to 30, recognizing the dedication and commitment of its volunteers. With over 65 members, SEPs volunteers are a diverse team with a shared desire to support their community.

The floods and wildfires of 2021 raised public awareness of the important roles volunteers play in communities before, during and after emergencies. In the last year, SEP volunteers have provided over 20 presentations on emergency preparedness, supported hundreds of evacuees of local structure fires and provincial disasters, and maintained critical communication networks throughout the region. 2021 was a busy year, and SEP volunteers rose to the challenge remarkably.

“We are so grateful for our volunteers,” said Deputy Fire Chief Brock Henson. “Their commitment, knowledge and desire to make a positive difference in their community make our municipality stronger and more resilient. They contribute in so many ways and are a crucial component to the success of our program.”

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering with the Saanich Emergency Program provides many benefits. Our volunteers consistently mention having a stronger sense of connection with their community. There are diverse roles and opportunities available for various skill sets to provide support. Volunteers receive training to learn new expertise and apply the abilities they already have. Volunteers also learn about personal preparedness and how to help others during an emergency or disaster.

Do you love to coordinate, help those in need, and be connected with neighbours? There are many exciting positions available in Emergency Radio Communications, Emergency Support Services and the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program.

Quick facts

  • SEP helps the community to prepare for, respond to and recover from major emergencies and disasters.
  • When a Saanich resident is evacuated from their home and requires support, volunteers are there to help. These events can be as small as a house fire or as large as a community evacuation. SEP has volunteers on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.
  • Volunteers deliver emergency preparedness presentations each month and by request. These presentations have supported thousands of residents to become more prepared. The next presentation is scheduled for Monday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Gordon Head Recreation Centre. Register by calling 250-475-7100.

Find out more

More information about the Saanich Emergency Program and how to volunteer is available at or on Twitter at @SaanichFire and @SaanichEP. An information session for those interested in volunteering will be held at Pearkes Recreation Centre on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. Register by calling 250-475-5400.


Media contact:
Captain Erin Stockill, Emergency Program Officer
Saanich Fire Department