Francophone municipalities call for decentralization of emergency measures training

Francophone municipalities in Northern New Brunswick are calling on the province to decentralize its emergency measures training.

The training is currently held in Fredericton about a dozen times a year at a cost of around $825.00 per participant plus the cost of food, accommodations and travel.

Grand-Anse mayor Gilles Theriault says communities can't afford such a price tag and questions why training could not be given locally like at the emergency measures centre in Paquetville.

That was a recommendation the New Brunswick Association of Francophone Municipalities made following a violent ice storm in 2017.

New Brunswick Emergency Measurers Organization's Robert Duguay says the EMO team is aware of the concerns and that it's something they will consider.

For now, Duguay says, efforts are being focused on flood management.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)