Sponsors: District of Hudson's Hope, Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership - Amended & Endorsed by the UBCM Membership
WHEREAS the Provincial Government cut core funding for Emergency Management, Emergency Social Service and First Responder Training for the 2009/2010 fiscal year and transferred some of it to year-by-year special access gaming grants, administered by the BC Association of Emergency Managers and the Emergency Social Services Association, that have been denied for the 2010/2011 fiscal year;
AND WHEREAS this financial assistance was relied upon by many small and rural communities and their volunteer organizations to provide critical services throughout vast areas of the Province;
AND WHEREAS adequate training is imperative for an effective local Emergency Program which provides for the safety and well being of the citizens of BC, along with being legislated by Section 6 of the Emergency Program Act:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to restore core funding for Emergency Management, Emergency Social Services, and First Responder Training to at least the 2008/2009 levels and to continue working with the BC Association of Emergency Managers, the Emergency Social Services Association and other stakeholders to improve Emergency Program Training for every community in BC.
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that should the Province of British Columbia mandate a compulsory occupational health and safety policy for emergency program volunteers that adequate funding for the necessary training of volunteers be provided.
Endorsed at UBCM with the following amendment:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM lobby the provincial government to restore core funding for emergency management, emergency social services, and first responder training to at least the 2008/2009 levels and to continue working with the BC Association of Emergency Manager, the Emergency Social Services Association and other stakeholders to improve emergency program training for every community in BC.
The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting the reinstatement of core funding for emergency management training.