LETHBRIDGE: Southern Alberta has upped its response to the crisis in Slave Lake, sending two city workers to help recovery crews after wildfires razed a third of the community last week.
Lethbridge's deputy fire chief Wayne Johnson and corporate safety manager Dale Danylchuk arrived in the town Monday night. They were asked to join the crew of some 1400 emergency response workers because of their training in emergency planning and disaster relief. Even with such expertise, officials say the experience will be an educational one.
"To go through an event like that is uncommon for us. We've done tabletop exercises, but to get firsthand experience in an emergency centre that's going through this live is a very good learning experience for our staff," says Lethbridge fire chief Brian Cornforth.
Johnson and Danylchuk are expected to take a lead role in helping the community get utilities back online and restore infrastructure before an estimated 7,000 evacuees will be allowed to return. They plan to stay for about a week.
Photo by Marion Warnica, Country 95 News: Lethbridge fire chief Brian Cornforth addresses reporters Tuesday.
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3/10/2014 5:11:58 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News