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County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service to conduct weekend training exercises

The County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service will be conducting firefighter training exercises from April 20th to the 21st in Pine Valley and Camp Tamarack.

The exercise is scheduled from noon to 5:00 p.m. on the 20th and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 21st and will involve what the fire service is calling “training exercises.” Training exercises do not include live fire scenarios; however, the county says residents may hear equipment and tools being used during the practice.

District Fire Chief Bryan Hall says the training is necessary as it will assist firefighters in sharpening their skills to be prepared ahead of the anticipated 2024 wildfire season.

“Through the exercise, we will significantly enhance our ability to protect our communities and our residents, particularly when the risk of wildfire is high,” he says.

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Training exercises are just one part of the county’s ongoing wildfire mitigation strategy to reduce the impacts of wildfires in the region.

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