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RMWB Wildfire Recovery Information

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is proud to announce the release of a construction safety video geared at educating students and children about the steps they can take to stay safe during the rebuild of the community following the 2016 Horse River Wildfire. 

‘Rebuilding Wood Buffalo – How to Stay Safe’ was developed in partnership with public educators from the RCMP and Regional Emergency Services, stakeholders from the construction industry, safety experts, and with collaboration from the four local school boards. 

“We are fortunate to have partnerships throughout the community with stakeholders who work closely with the students who will benefit from the information in this video,” said Laurie-Anne St. George, Rebuild Supervisor. “The expertise of those stakeholders helped shape not only the content of the video but the concept of using a video to share this information thanks to collaboration from the very start of this project.” 

The goal of the Recovery Task Force is that the rebuild of the region is completed in a safe, efficient and compliant manner. This video will help achieve that goal by ensuring students and children are aware of the risks of living near construction and know how to avoid those risks. 

“Safety is our priority and we know this is going to be unlike any construction our community has ever seen. The risk of this particular construction season is heightened because so many of our residents already live in these neighbourhoods and go to school there,” said Jeanette Bancarz, Chair of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee. "We encourage anyone with children to watch this video together and have a chat about what it means to be aware, be seen, and be safe.”

You can find the video online along with other resources to help children learn about staying safe at rmwb.ca/constructionsafety.

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