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Local emergency centres receive $92,000 from province

PRRD, Hudson's Hope, Saulteau, West Moberly among 54 projects approved across B.C.
B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth reviews an aerial map of Old Fort, Oct. 10, 2018.

Emergency operations centres in the B.C. Peace are receiving just over $92,000 in provincial funding.

The Ministry of Public Safety said Friday the funding supports the purchase of equipment and supplies as well as training and exercises for local governments and First Nation communities to improve their emergency preparedness.

The Peace River Regional District is receiving $18,500 for an alternate emergency operations centre upgrade. Hudson’s Hope is receiving $23,560 for capability upgrades and training.

The Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations are each receiving $25,000. In Saulteau, funding will support emergency power supply for the band hall, and West Moberly will use its funding for emergency operations centre communications, according to the province.

"This funding for emergency operations centres is crucial, and it will give communities a boost in their ability to respond," said Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in a release.

"Though the approval of funding for these projects has been going on for some time, recent extreme wildfire events demonstrate just how vital emergency operations centres are in responding to emergencies."

The ministry says 54 projects across the province were approved for a total $1.8 million in funding, with the monies coming from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund.

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