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La Broquerie gears up emergency planning

By: Jordan Ross

Posted: 02/16/2018 9:00 AM

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With a new coordinator in place, the RM of La Broquerie is ramping up its emergency measures planning over the course of the next year.

Louis Tetrault, hired last September, presented his 2018 priorities to council on Wednesday.

Tetrault said he hopes to increase the number of volunteers in the municipality’s local emergency response group, which currently includes representatives from council, the business community, and fire and public works departments.

To that end, a public information session is planned for March 21 from 6-8 p.m. at La Broquerie’s HyLife Centre.

Tetrault said he is also involved in the incorporation of a new provincial association of municipal emergency coordinators, which he hopes will spur the creation of more mutual aid agreements.

Updates to the risk assessment sections of the municipality’s emergency response plan are also planned, and Tetrault said he hopes to designate a secondary community muster point in case the safety of La Broquerie’s arena is compromised by a derailment or gas leak.

An inventory of equipment at the municipality’s emergency command centre will also be completed. Tetrault said he feared some communication equipment housed there may not be "completely functional."

Reeve Lewis Weiss later said he welcomed the updates to La Broquerie’s emergency plan.

"This is much more in-depth now," he said. "There may never be a disaster, but you definitely want to educate yourself if there was one."

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