Grande Prairie RCMP and Grande Prairie Fire Department responded to a call of a suspicious powder Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services Building located at 108th Avenue and 99th Street in Grande Prairie.

  Police say that a bag containing a white powder was located in a supply room at the EMS Building by staff.  Police and Fire Departments were contacted and subsequently responded.

A measured approach with the greatest consideration to public safety was undertaken.    RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit from Edmonton attended the site at approximately 2:50 p.m., and in conjunction with the detachment’s Forensic Identification Section, identified and determined that the powder was not hazardous, and posed no health concerns.

    Four employees were initially quarantined to ensure their health was not at risk from exposure to the substance.  There was no necessity for ongoing medical care to the four individuals, who were released from quarantine at 4:00 p.m.     

Alberta Health Services advises that there was no disruption to Emergency Medical Services for the community during the incident.  

Grande Prairie RCMP and City of Grande Prairie Fire Department say they were engaged at the scene of the incident until shortly after 5:00 p.m. today.