The District of Sparwood is investing $50,000 into emergency planning after last year’s historic wildfire season.
Director of Corporate Services Michelle Martineau says they are looking to hire a consultant to develop hazard specific plans for the community.
She says they want to have the plan updated ahead of the 2019 fire season.
“Each event that happens, you don’t necessarily follow the same steps. So this ensures that we respond quickly and efficiently to mitigate any damages that could be done,” Martineau says. “If there’s a wildfire, then we just pull that plan and we know what steps to follow for that type of event.”
Martineau says the timing of this work couldn’t be better.
“It definitely has been on our books, it wasn’t something that was triggered by the recent wildfires or the ammonia leak in Fernie,” Martineau says. “They just showed how this is timely and it needs to be done.”
Martineau says updating the District’s emergency protocols will help coordinate their response and lower damages.
She says they want to include the public in the discussion once a consultant is hired.
Last September, Properties to the north of Sparwood were placed under an evacuation alert due to the White River Complex and Quinn Creek wildfires.
(Pictured: The White River Complex wildfire in September 2017, which led to an evacuation alert for the District of Elkford and properties north of Sparwood.)
– Sparwood`s Director of Corporate Services, Michelle Martineau