Alberta RCMP deploy 40 extra members to help with wildfires

EDMONTON – In an effort to help mitigate some of the common calls the Operational Communications Centre (OCC) receive during the wildfires, the Alberta RCMP hosted a press conference at “K” Division Headquarters to provide Albertans and evacuees with the best resources for their most common questions.

The Alberta RCMP has deployed about 40 additional members from various detachments across the province help augment existing detachments to ensure the safety of Albertans and to protect their property.

“On behalf of the Alberta RCMP, I would like to thank our provincial partners, first responders and continued assistance from firefighters for their tireless assistance,” said Supt. Terry McLachlan, Alberta RCMP.  “I would also like to thank all the well-wishes and heartfelt comments the Alberta RCMP has received. These messages have not gone unnoticed.” –

·    For questions concerning highway closures or road conditions due to heavy smoke, contact Alberta 511 at 511.Alberta.ca or call 511.

·         For questions regarding evacuation reception centres, please visit Alberta.ca/emergency. The current evacuation centres are as follows:

–          The Slave Lake Legacy Centre

–          The Misery Mountain Ski Hill in Peace River

–          La Crete Heritage Centre

–          Grande Prairie Regional College

–          Fort Vermillion Community Cultural Complex

Note: All evacuees should register with an evacuation reception centre, if alternate accommodations have been found.  This is to help ensure authorities can reach you if the situation changes.

·         For questions regarding pets, please call High Level Animal Control at 780-926-2201. For evacuees within the Wabasca, Alta. area, please fill out an online form on the Alberta Animal Disaster Response Facebook group, or text 403-869-4964 and provide your name, contact number, number of animals missing, address they were last seen, and a brief description of your pet.

·         For questions regarding livestock, please note that the County of Northern Lights is providing temporary access hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for residents to enter the property to handle livestock care. Residents must register for a temporary access pass at the County Office.

·         For questions on returning home, please follow the Government of Alberta Twitter page hashtags #ABFire and #ABemerg

·         In 2018, the OCCs took more than 910,217 calls for service with 220,608 (25%) coming from 911.  Of these calls, 2,609 were generated as high priority or urgent police requests.  

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