Record Number of Emergency Responders Expected at Next Weekend's Conference in Terrace

With last year's wildfires and flooding in many parts of BC still fresh in their minds, over 140 emergency responders and management staff from across Northern BC will converge on Terrace next weekend for the sixth annual Northern Emergency Support Services Training Conference.

The participants will train, network, and put their knowledge and skills to the test in a practical exercise, which will take place next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The conference is presented as a partnership among local and regional governments. 

They include the Regional Districts of Kitimat-Stikine, Bulkley-Nechako and Peace River, as well as the municipalities of Terrace, Smithers,  Telkwa, Fort St John, 100 Mile House, Fort St James and Taylor, plus the provincial Health Authority.

There will also be representatives of the Canadian Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Disaster Psychosocial Services Program. 

This year's conference will focus on the importance of communication.

The theme is "Connected Through Clear Communication" -- and it's aimed at ensuring emergency responders and officials clearly understand their respective roles and responsibilities and know what resources are available.