Village of Clinton Public Works Foreman Karl Hansen (centre) marks pertinent information on a map of the village during an Emergency Preparedness Exercise.

Village of Clinton Public Works Foreman Karl Hansen (centre) marks pertinent information on a map of the village during an Emergency Preparedness Exercise.

Emergency exercise a timely one

A recent TNRD exercise in the Village of Clinton taught how to be prepared for an emergency.

Planning ahead

On Tuesday, May 3, members of the Village of Clinton council, village staff, Emergency Social Services, Interior Health, First Nations Health, the Ministry of Transportation, the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, and the RCMP gathered for an Emergency Planning Exercise.

The exercise was put on by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, and the scenario was a wildfire that necessitated the evacuation of part of the village. Discussion was held about who was responsible for what, who else would be called in ,and at what stage.

In light of the early start to the wildfire season and the extreme fires burning in other areas ,the exercise was very timely and informative. It is hoped that the plans made that day will not be used; but if they are, the people involved initially have some concrete plans with which to start.

[Editor’s note: A similar exercise was held by the TNRD in Ashcroft last week.]