Wednesday, May 4, 2016

First reading of municipal emergency management bylaw passed by Town of Pincher Creek council

Toni Lucas

Municipal Emergency Management Bylaw 1590-16 passed first reading unanimously at the Monday April 25 meeting of Pincher Creek's Town Council.  Councillor Doug Thornton is a member of the municipal Emergency Advisory Committee.  He explained the bylaw reflects an agreement between all Alberta municipalities and the government of Alberta to have an emergency management plan in place. "The Committee believes this is a good start to carry on in parallel directions with this. This is the agreement, essentially between the Town of Pincher Creek, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, and the Village of Cowley to look after a joint emergency management organization. In case you're curious, the acronym is REMO. Regional Emergency Management Organization."

In August, 2015 the MD and Town of Pincher Creek jointly announced Pincher Creek Emergency Management Organization (PCEMO) which also included the Village of Cowley. REMO is to act as a joint disaster service entity designed to coordinate response in the area in case of a wide reaching disaster. A regionalization plan for for Pincher Creek and surrounding areas for disaster services has been in various stages of development since 2006.

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