Maple Ridge, BC: The City would like to thank Emergency Support Services (ESS) program volunteers who responded to support citizens impacted by an overnight fire on April 3. The fire at a 47-unit apartment building in the 22100 block of Dewdney Trunk Road forced residents to evacuate their suites, many of them seniors. Dozens of volunteers came out to assist in the middle of the night and gave countless hours to serve others in their time of need.
“On behalf of Council, I want to thank ESS volunteers for their work to help those impacted by this fire over the Easter long weekend,” said Mayor Mike Morden. “Again and again, our community demonstrates tremendous pride and spirit – people giving up their free time to help others. We’re so proud of all of our local volunteers.”
ESS is activated when residents are displaced from their homes due to an emergency and aims to meet their short-term, basic needs. The program is delivered by a team of dedicated, trained volunteers who are called upon when the need arises.
The ESS program is always looking for volunteers. Anyone over 18 years of age, or 16 with parental consent, can join this group of volunteers serving their community during disasters. Training and support are provided to all members. For more information, visit: mapleridge.ca/1256.