Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District EOC receives nearly $ 39,000 for training and equipment – Port Alberni Valley News

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The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Emergency Operations Center received provincial grants to help pay for training and equipment.

ACRD’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) received $ 38,732, the highest amount for north-central Vancouver Island.

“We have secured funding to organize an EOC training exercise for staff and agencies (partners) in the Alberni Valley,” said Heather Zenner, ACRD Protection Services Manager.

Training at the Emergency Operations Center took place at the Echo Center for five days at the end of June, and the cost was covered by the provincial grant, she added.

The EOC used part of its funding to purchase a satellite phone as well as computers and other equipment for a mobile operations center, in case the current building was damaged in a natural disaster. Mobile equipment will be stored at another site.

Another training exercise, this one involving a forest fire scenario, will take place in September. The exercise is designed to give EOC staff and volunteers a real-life example of a disaster for practice so they are better informed if they need to respond to an emergency.

The funding is part of $ 1.8 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding for 54 communities in British Columbia. departmental equipment and training as well as training on Indigenous cultural safety and cultural humility.

Other grants went to Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw FN ($ 24,500 for EOC kit and training); Port Hardy ($ 22,396 for training and center improvement); Port McNeill ($ 20,000 for secondary power and a mobile EOC); Quatsino First Nation ($ 25,000 for EOC equipment) and Tofino ($ 25,000 for EOC communications, training and equipment).

“It takes dedicated, hardworking and calm professionals to keep us safe in an emergency,” said Mid Island-Pacific Rim MPP Josie Osborne. “With these investments, we’re making sure they have the tools, training and equipment they need to do their important work.

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