On Monday, January 22, Reeve Joe Blakeman and County Administrators signed an Emergency Management Mutual Aid Agreement with the Town of Mayerthorpe.
This Mutual Aid Agreement is designed to strengthen the collaborative potential between the Emergency Management Agencies of these two communities, with the overarching objective of better servicing and safeguarding both communities.
“In the municipal world, it often comes down to doing more with less,” remarked County Reeve Joe Blakeman. “When we find ways to share our emergency expertise, resources and manpower with our municipal neighbours, everyone wins.”
The new agreement with the Town of Mayerthorpe marks Lac Ste. Anne County’s second such emergency management agreement, joining the nine fire services mutual aid agreements in which the County is a partner. This guiding document is aimed at better enabling Lac Ste. Anne County and the Town of Mayerthorpe to distribute emergency management resources in a way that meets the service demands when responding to a regional emergency. In 2016, the County signed an emergency management mutual aid agreement with Yellowhead County and fire services mutual aid agreements with both the Town of Onoway and the Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation of Treaty 6. “We embrace the opportunity for our communities to forge this new, mutually beneficial emergency management relationship,” continued Reeve Blakeman. “I look forward to working with Mayerthorpe to further strengthen our emergency management resources and better safeguard our citizens.”
Mutual aid agreements are formal standing agreements between municipalities to provide cooperative emergency management response. In this spirit, either municipality can request assistance across municipal boundaries in the event that an emergency response requires resources beyond those available locally. The County continues to pursue similar types of mutual aid agreements with all of its rural and urban neighbours.