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PQBEAT: Emergency programs kept busy during Highway 4 closure

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Host Peter McCully welcomes Kate Pocock, the Emergency program co-ordinator for the City of Parksville.

The City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach and the Regional District of Nanaimo all have their own individual Municipal Emergency Programs, with an official agreement in place that the three programs will work together as an Emergency Management Oceanside.

“It’s an official partnership between the emergency programs,” said Pocock. “And we agree to share our resources and share our training so that we can increase the efficiency and the effectiveness of the emergency management in all three communities.”

Pocock said the number of partners involved in co-ordinating information during the closure of Highway 4 during a recent wildfire was amazing.

“When the detour route was established and the assessments began on that slope as to how long the highway was going to be closed, we had daily co-ordination calls,” said Pocock. “Co-ordination calls hosted by the province. BC Wildfire was in attendance as were upwards of 90 other participants on the line. We’re talking Ministry of Transportation, Emergency Health Services. All of the local governments are affected by that road closure.”

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About the Author: Peter McCully

Peter has been a broadcaster and publisher on both of Canada’s coasts and has owned a small newspaper and run an advertising agency along the way.
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