Emergency Program receives boost on eve of wildfire, flood season in West Kootenay

By Timothy Schafer
The Penticton Herald
April 3, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the region braces for another hot season of wildfires the regional district has stepped up its game in preparation. Approval has been given by the board of directors for an additional Emergency Program coordinator at the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Nelson office to address several immediate and ongoing needs, including preparing for and responding to — as well as recovering from the increasing frequency, intensity and uncertainty — of floods, wildfires, drought and extreme heat in the RDCK. “…new provincial emergency management legislation, and seasonal Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staffing challenges could impact our capacity to deliver excellence of the Emergency Management Program,” said Dan Seguin, RDCK manager of Community Sustainability. The newly approved position will allow for the capacity to plan for, operationalize and implement the Emergency and Disaster Management Act (in force since Nov. 8, 2023).

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