Edmonton to close its emergency response center on Monday – Edmonton

The city announced Monday that it would close the emergency response center that opened nearly a month ago to support northern residents as they fled wildfires to the south.

The emergency center was initially set up at the Edmonton Exhibition Centre, but was moved to the Clareview Community Recreation Center in the city’s north side on September 11 after a re-entry plan for residents of the Northwest Territories.

According to the city, more than 7,500 people and 1,300 pets have been registered at the center since August 18. More than 4,100 meals were served and hotel accommodations were arranged for 1,760 households.

The city also supported northern residents by providing return flights, public transportation and recreational activities. Some city organizations, including the Edmonton Elks, provided free tickets to games and other events for evacuees.

Edmonton Fire Services and municipal operations also sent heavy equipment and transporters north. Edmonton firefighters, mechanics and managers have been directly involved in efforts against the wildfires in Yellowknife and only returned to Alberta this week, the city said.

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“I am proud of our emergency support team who provided compa*sionate support to our neighbors in the Northwest Territories when they needed it most,” said City Manager Andre Corbould.

“We remain ready to support future emergencies should the need arise. »

The emergency center will close its doors on Monday September 18 at 7 p.m.

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