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Taylor receives emergency preparedness funding

The District of Taylor celebrated their annual ‘Emergency Preparedness Week’, with a series of videos online promoting safety and emergency tips.
Taylor Fire Department Captain Matt Edgar shares his knowledge on landslides in a video hosted by the district.

The District of Taylor is receiving $19,000 in emergency preparedness funding from the province.

The Ministry of Public Safety said Friday that 48 communities in B.C. will split $1.7 million in funding from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to help build emergency management capacity through volunteer recruitment, retention and training, and the purchase of ESS equipment.

In Taylor, funding will support equipment and training for its emergency reception centre.

"We're going to keep doing everything we can to support communities in being better prepared," said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness.

"This announcement highlights the support we're providing in both emergency preparation and response, with extra funding to help communities manage flood risk and funding for Emergency Support Services work in helping British Columbians who have been impacted by an emergency."

Last week, Taylor marked Emergency Preparedness Week with a series of online videos promoting safety and emergency tips. The videos were produced by the Fire Department and cover everything from landslides, railway safety, flooding and more.

Fire Chief Steve Byford says the videos were a great way to reach residents in lieu of demonstrations that can’t be held in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Unfortunately this year that’s the only progress we have is by the videos we’ve created. There’s one for each day over the week and hopefully that will get the message out the community to educate them,” said Byford.

He added that volunteers were very helpful in putting the videos together, with folks stepping up from the fire department and emergency support services (ESS).

The fire department and ESS are always open to new recruits, Byford said.

“Always. ESS, for the fire department itself. All the time, we’re always looking for volunteers,” said Byford. “Anyone that can lend a hand, we’ll take and train them to whatever capacity they require, if they don’t come trained already.”

Anyone looking to join ESS or the fire department can give them a call at 250-789-3392.