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New fire safety program for rural Alberta

 The Alberta Environmental Farm Plan Company and the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association have launched a new safety program aimed at protecting rural landowners, their families and emergency personnel in the event of a fire or other emergency.

The Rural Emergency Plan (REP) is a personalized, easy-to-use tool that helps rural landowners prepare for personal and environmental safety emergencies on their farms, ranches or acreages. It is also a way to let emergency responders know critically important information about rural properties, so they can respond to emergencies quickly, effectively and safely. The REP includes an emergency response map that each participant fills out for their own location. It is stored in a simple ABS tube holder typically mounted on the main power pole or in another central area where it can be easily identified and accessed by emergency personnel. The plan was designed based on input from farmers and emergency personnel with the sole intent of helping save time and lives in an emergency.

The City of Camrose piloted the program, and Camrose Fire Chief Peter Krich believes that the program is a win on many different levels. “If landowners fill out the map, it means they have a plan in place to protect themselves,” says Krich. “It also helps emergency responders because they would know if there are chemicals or other hazards on site.”

As well as a map of the farmstead, the REP can include such information as a run-off map, emergency phone numbers, a checklist and other key information that emergency response personnel might need to make fast and effective decisions.

For more information or to print an REP kit, visit the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan Company website at www.AlbertaEFP.com and click on the Rural Emergency Plan icon. The REP kits are also available through local fire departments.

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