Fire at Alta Vista underlines importance of Emergency Notifications

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The RM has been touting the system as a way to connect the RM to its ratepayers as a cost-effective and efficient means through; phone, text and email. The RM has been encouraging its ratepayers to sign up to receive notifications to be notified of emergencies and RM matters that may concern them.

The lack of notification comes on the heels of some RM ratepayers who have said they didn’t receive another notification for the RM’s strategic plan.

On a local Facebook page, McKillop Taxpayer’s Network, ratepayers have posted that they weren’t notified of the RM’s fire ban by the system.

Not only were ratepayers not notified of the fire ban, but it also appears that Chief of the Strasbourg Fire Department, Greg Yung, was not notified commenting, “Sure would be nice if they sent out an email to the ratepayers and maybe the FD.”

LMT reached out to the RM, who said that no notification was sent out for the fire ban, but it was on their website. They said that they plan on using it in the future but did not respond in time for publication of when that would begin.

Within 24 hours of the fire ban, the Silton Fire Department’s FB page reported that they responded to an early morning fire caused by a firework just after midnight on July 3rd at the organized Hamlet of Alta Vista in the RM of McKillop. The Fire Department posted that they responded quickly and put out the fire before it spread. They noted that the fire ban includes fireworks.

The cost of the notification system comes at a price tag of $4,000/year. Council has noted that the price would save the RM money as the cost to mail out notifications can cost the RM over $1,000 per mailing.

Jennifer Argue, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Last Mountain Times

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