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Emergency Services training exercise scheduled for May 7

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An emergency services training exercise, hosted by the Whitecourt Fire Department in partnership with Alberta Wildfire and other local emergency service agencies, is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 between 7:00 and 10:00pm.  

The exercise will simulate a wildfire emergency on the grounds of the Forest Interpretive Centre and surrounding forested area.  A large presence of emergency personnel is expected, and water will be deployed during the training exercise.    

  • Interpretive Centre Trail, Pipeline Trail, and a portion of Cougar Ridge Trail (all surrounding the Forest Interpretive Centre) will be closed to the public.  Barricades will be posted.
  • 33 Street, south of Highway 43, will remain open; however, crews and equipment may set up on the road as part of the exercise.
  • The public is asked to remain clear of the area to allow our members to train effectively. 

Local emergency service providers are committed to training at a high standard, and providing realistic training opportunities that continue to build on the exceptional service they provide to our community.   This exercise happens to be scheduled during Emergency Preparedness Week.  Throughout the week Whitecourt, will be sharing information on how community members can prepare for emergencies, just as our local emergency service providers are, and will also be handing out information at the upcoming Whitecourt Trade Fair May 11 and 12.  For details on how you can #BePrepared, visit our website.