In cases of wide-spread disasters, a new emergency support services mobile (ESS) unit is ready to hit the road in the Skeena Valley.
The 17-foot trailer’s debut is part of the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine’s (RDKS) goal of increasing access to ESS services in times of emergency. The unit is a self-contained satellite reception centre, used to transport ESS supplies, equipment and basic amenities to people in need.
It’s the first one of its kind in northern B.C., according to Connie Kirby, ESS program coordinator.
Complete with its own power source, hardware and connectivity, the unit can also provide a place for first responders to process registration documents or use as a place of rest, which is important in areas where there isn’t a lot of accommodation available.
“We are excited about the increased level of ESS capacity and operational efficiency that the Unit will bring to our region,” said Philip Germuth, RDKS Chair.