Regional Emergency Management Plan Endorsed
Prince George, B.C. – “Emergency incidents and events do not respect borders” those are the words of Michael Higgins, the Emergency Services Coordinator for the Regional District of Fraser Fort George.
In a presentation to Prince George City Council, Higgins and RDFFG Administrator Jim Martin, made a pitch to have Prince George join in the Regional Emergency Management Plan.
Higgins says while there have been a number of incidents over the past ten years, he foresees similar events happening in the future, adding there may not be as many, but their impact will likely be more severe.
As part of Regional Emergency Management Plan, each community would have its own responsibilities says Higgins, but would be able to draw on the staff and resources of other Regional District members to carry out the work that might need to be done depending on the emergency.
Planning, Preparedness, response and recovery, the key elements of emergency planning. “We are already doing a good job individually” said Higgins, “But we can do better, together.”
Councillor Garth Frizzell says it appears similar to a mutual aid program, which some volunteer fire departments in the Regional District already take part agreeing to assist other areas in the event of fires “but (this) covering us more robustly and fully.”
There is still a great deal of work to be done before such a regional plan can be operational. The workplan sets a timeline for implementation in the fall of 2018. The communities of Valemount, McBride and Mackenzie are already on board with this proposal.
Council has unanimously supported being part of this Regional Emergency Management Plan.