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In July, Red Deer County was pleased to receive $160,000 in provincial funding over a four year period to continue regional emergency management training. This funding will allow the County to continue its work with the Alberta Emergency Management Association in developing a Regional Incident Support Team.Previously, Council approved a request for Red Deer County to participate in a Regional Emergency Management Plan in conjunction with six different municipal partners. These partners include Delburne, Elnora, Bowden, Innisfail, Penhold and Sylvan Lake. Red Deer County then became the managing partner. The group has since grown to include a larger area including Clearwater County, Ponoka County, Lacombe, and Kneehill County.At an earlier meeting, the various Councils came together for a presentation on emergency management and agreed that there should be a common plan for the region. Work has now been completed to bring all seven municipalities Municipal Emergency Plans together into one common document.The Provincial release by Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson states, “We have learned a lot from previous disasters, and we know that fires and floods don’t stop at municipal lines, so it’s important that our ability to effectively respond to emergencies doesn’t stop there either.”Thanks to the Emergency Management staff that Red Deer County employs, the County was chosen as the administrative support for the region.“The goal is to have a team of municipal individuals who can assist other municipalities in time of disaster, by either mentoring individuals, or assisting by filling positions in an Emergency Coordination Center, or disaster site,” said Ric Henderson, Director of Emergency Management and Assistant CAO.The funding allows for long-term plans to be made regarding the training. For more information on emergency management at Red Deer County, go to www.rdcounty.ca and search “emergency management.”