Sajjan says Ottawa looking at disaster response options in wake of wildfires

The Canadian Press in CBC News
September 7, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada’s record-setting wildfire season is spurring the federal government to consider how to tackle future fires, floods and earthquakes. Minister for Emergency Preparedness Harjit Sajjan said that could mean a more national approach to disaster response. The government has announced $65 million in federal funding for wildfire response in six provinces and territories. “We’re looking at all different types of disasters, doing the lessons-learned, and we’ll come out with the appropriate response,” Sajjan said. …”We’re looking at wildfires, yes, but we also need to look at floods. We also need to be ready for potential earthquakes.” Firefighting is largely a provincial responsibility but several provinces have requested federal help from the Canadian Armed Forces this wildfire season. They also put out a call for thousands of international firefighters from such countries as the United States, Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico.

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