This map shows the location of numerous small fires sparked by lightning on July 10. BC Wildfire image

Alberta RCMP heading to B.C. to assist with the fire response

Alberta RCMP are throwing their hat into the fray to help their B.C. counterparts with the wildfires

There are 40 Alberta RCMP Mounties heading to British Columbia to help their counterparts.

A press release from the province states that the officers, members of the Special Tactical Operations unit, will assist the B.C. Mounties with the emergency response.

Premier Rachel Notley stated the province is here to help its neighbours. “We want British Columbians to know that Alberta is here to help.”

“Many provinces, including British Columbia, stepped up to help us last year as we battled the Fort McMurray wildfire and we want to return the favour,” she added.

With the size of the large size of the wildfires, resources are key to a successful return to stability, explained Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

“The RCMP officers who are deploying to B.C. will provide relief and support to their colleagues. We thank all first responders for their service to protect all Canadians.”

From the RCMP perspective, the temporary deployment is possible using provincial policing agreements.

“We are proud to stand beside our colleagues in British Columbia as they did in our time of need last year during the Fort McMurray wildfires,” states Marlin Degrand, assistant commissioner, Alberta RCMP Criminal Operations in the release.

“This is one of the strengths of the RCMP as the national police force – to mobilize resources where and when needed in our country.”

Just Posted

Remembrance Day in Wetaskiwin

Pipers, buglers, veterans, soldiers and much more Nov. 11 in the Drill Hall

Rural crime task force results released at Agri-Trade luncheon

Report cites problems with police not being able to keep up with crime and justice system issues

JEDI AG Forum is fertile ground for Wetaskiwin region farmers

Canola production, farm transfer, grain elevator update and much more Nov. 23 in Wetaskiwin

Major traffic snarl on Hwy. #2 between Glen Park, #616

Motorists should plan for another route if possible, avoid area entirely

Chicken and dumplings sounds delish

Very Berry Cherry Cobbler for dessert

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Calgarians head to the polls to declare ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ on Winter Games

The question “are you for or are you against hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?” was to be posed to them Tuesday in a plebiscite to help determine whether the city should move ahead with a bid.

Heir’s big birthday: 70 candles lined up for Prince Charles

Prince Charles turns 70 Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, still serving in the heir to the throne role he has filled since he was a young child.

Trudeau lays down challenge to companies in bid to boost trade with Asia

“Building the relationships, building the connections, building the facility and also changing mindsets — getting Canadian companies to see the opportunities we have around the world to partner and invest.”

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

CNN is asking for an immediate restraining order to return Acosta to the White House.

Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

US trial to tell epic tale of Mexican drug lord “El Chapo”

Guzman’s long-awaited U.S. trial begins Tuesday in New York

Northern California wildfire is deadliest in state history

Holding out slim hope as crews search for more fire dead; 42 already killed in blaze

VIDEO: Newcomer kids see first Canadian snowfall

Children arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings last week from Eritrea

Most Read