MISSION – New Democrat MLAs Bob D’Eith and Pam Alexis say that emergency response and recovery efforts will be strengthened with funding for local emergency operations centres in Mission, Leq’á:mel First Nation, and the FVRD.
“Training emergency response staff is incredibly important to help keep people safe here in the Fraser Valley,” said Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “Funding for projects across local governments and First Nations will help Emergency Operations Centres across the province with not only more training, but also more supplies and modernized equipment so that we can all stay safe in case of an emergency.”
The following local governments are receiving funding:
- Mission, EOC Training Project – $29,837.05
- Leq’á:mel First Nation: EOC Center Training for Staff and Chief and Council Policy group workshop- $30,000
- Fraser Valley Regional District, EOC and Training Information Officer Capability – $30,000
“People in Mission are lucky to have such dedicated emergency responders, and our government is here to support communities like Mission with their emergency response efforts, by helping fund this training project,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge- Mission.
Nearly $3 million in funding from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) is going to over 100 local governments and First Nations across B.C. The funding will assist in purchasing and installing equipment and supplies to maintain or improve emergency operations centres.
Emergency operations centres are an essential part of emergency response, where representatives come together to co-ordinate actions and resources, and to support people responding on the ground.