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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Four emergency centres in the Peace region are receiving over $92,000 from the province.

The $1.8 million through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund will support 54 B.C. communities, the Ministry of Public Safety announced Friday.

“This funding for emergency operations centres is crucial, and it will give communities a boost in their ability to respond,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, in a statement Friday.

For an alternate emergency operations centre upgrade, the Peace River Regional District is receiving $18,500, and $23,560 for capability upgrades and training will go to Hudson’s Hope.

Centres in Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations are each receiving $25,000. Saulteau is using the funding for their emergency power supply for the band hall, and West Moberly’s funding will be used for emergency operations centre communications.

“Though the approval of funding for these projects has been going on for some time, recent extreme wildfire events demonstrate just how vital emergency operations centres are in responding to emergencies,” said Farnworth.

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