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RMWB commits to implementing wildfire review recommendations

(Fort McMurray, AB – July 27, 2017) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has accepted and will implement all 14 recommendations identified within the KPMG Lessons Learned and Recommendations from the 2016 Horse River Wildfire report.

Released today, the extensive report was conducted by KPMG, an independent third party, to provide an objective report on the municipality’s response to the wildfire and recovery. The review highlights successes, identifies opportunities for improvement, and recommends changes to the RMWB’s emergency management system.

“As a Council, we are committed to continuous learning and improvement. We welcome the recommendations within this report, and are committed to their implementation, while building a stronger, and more resilient region,” said Mayor Melissa Blake.

“This report has given us the perspective we needed to be able to take the hard look at the areas that we need to improve upon. We are not going to shy away from addressing these issues as we have a duty to residents to ensure that we are doing our part to ensure our region is both safe and resilient.” said Jody Butz, Fire Chief, Regional Emergency Services.

As part of the comprehensive engagement process, KPMG engaged with stakeholders across the region including more than 120 individuals representing the RMWB and its emergency management partners; 1,000 lived experience summaries from residents, businesses and those of nearby First Nations and Métis communities; and reviewed stakeholder engagement that took place as part of the provincial review, including over 5,300 online surveys.

To learn more about the lessons learned and 14 recommendations, please see the full report at: rmwb.ca/wildfirereview.

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