RCMP mobilization - BC Wildfires

B.C.

2017-07-12 18:05 PDT

Transcription [Police officer loading boxes of emergency supplies to police car]

Sgt. Forbes Cavanagh, RCMP Lower Mainland Tactical Troop: What we’re doing is we’re deploying some tactical, some general duty resources to go up and support North District with the fires. The wildfires are burning in Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Alexis Creek, and Cache Creek. So, Northeast District is supporting, Lower Mainland is supporting so there’s been a whole crew of our partner agencies, our general duty partners, some federal FSOC partners and now some Tac Troop people are going to go up there and we’re going to see if we can help those folks out.

Obviously there’s resource demands that are touch and go. Their daily needs, the fires are very unpredictable, so it’s hard to tell what we need on a given day. So what we are trying to do and DEOC (Division Emergency Operations Centre) is doing an amazing job, of getting people up there in advance of a request as opposed to scrambling to get resources. So, detachment commanders, business lines have been incredible in how they supported this operation and are just continuing to start sending people out.


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The RCMP has mobilized officers from all over the province to help BC Fire Services with evacuation orders in those affected communities. Those officers are also there to supplement core RCMP policing duties. In this video taken July 11, RCMP officers ensure they are stocked up on supplies before heading out. Their duties will include 24 hour patrolling of evacuated neighborhoods, managing traffic congestion, road safety and general emergency response, along with assisting with evacuations alerts and orders as they occur.

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