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PoliticsMunicipalElectionNorthernersFireghters16TuesdayOctober15201313102DA213095DA1ThereareNEWVoterIDrequirementsforthemunicipalelections.UpcomingmunicipalelectionsonOctober21acrossAlbertaoerachancetovoteortheutureoyourcommunity.NewVoterIDrequirementsmeanyoullneedtobringproperidentifcationtobeabletovote.Checkwithyourmunicipalityaboutlocalrequirements.Visitalberta.caorcalltoll-free310-0000then780-427-2225formoreinformation.ByMARIACHURCHNewreghtersinFortSmithrecentlygotatasteofindooramesforthersttimeduringatrainingcourseatafacilityinHayRiver.FourreghtersfromtheFortSmithvolunteerrede-partmenthittheroadtotrainattheEmergencyResponseTrain-ingCentreERTCownedandoperatedbytheHayRiverredepartmentinlateSeptember.Thetrainingnotonlygivesreghtersachancetocom-batareindoorsinacon-trolledenvironmentbuttheopportunitytolearnandsharewithotherredepartmentsChiefWesSteedoftheFortSmithvolunteerredepart-menttoldTheJournal.Ithinkitsreallyimpor-tanttoworkwithothervolun-teerredepartmentsandseewhattheydoandgettoknowotherreghtersSteedsaid.Theresnotalotofopportu-nityforourvolunteerstoworkwithothervolunteersnotlikedownsouthwheretownsareclosertogetherandmutuallymadeagreementscomeintoeffectmuchmoreoften.InFortSmithtrainingfa-cilitiesavailableforvolun-teerreghtersarelimitedtoexternalresSteedsaid.En-teringabuildingthatisonreisawholenewexperienceformostofthevolunteers.Theycanactuallylightupthebuildingandyoucangointothebuildingtoextin-guishtherehesaid.Thefacilityisbuiltsothatreghtersmustrstclimbastaircasetothereachthedoorandthenuponenteringlocatethesourceofthere.TheERTCfacilitylocatedinHayRiversOldTownisusedseasonallyandwillsoonbeclosedforthewinter.Steedexplainedthattheywereluckytohavetheopportunitytousethefacilityonemoretimebe-foreitshutdown.Whilevolunteerreght-ersarenotrequiredtoun-dergotrainingSteedex-plainedthattrainingisen-couragedtogivevolunteershands-onexperienceinprep-arationforwhattheymightfaceinafutureemergency.PreventioniskeyFirePreventionWeekmarkednationwidelastweekispivotaltoaredepart-mentsroleineverycom-munitySteedsaid.Ourjobistohelppeoplestopresandthatmeanshelp-ingpeoplepreventres.Ifwehavetorollthetrucksoutoftherehallthenthecommunica-tionisntgettingtherehesaid.Accidentsdohappenbutweretryingtoremindpeo-pletotakestepstoeliminatethepossibilityofaccidentshappening.ThisyearnationalFirePreventionWeeksmaincam-paignwasthemedPreventKitchenFires.AspeoplemoveindoorsforthewinterSteedsaiditsim-portanttheyremembertobecarefulandtaketheproperstepstoreducethedangerofreswhetherthatbeensuringtheyhaveaworkingsmokealarmorgettingtheirchimneycleaned.Itsanopportunityforustoremindpeopleofpreventionandtoreducethechanceofrestakingplaceinthehome.Anyopportunitywecandothatisgreat-especiallywiththekidshesaid.InFortSmithSteedcom-mendedhisvolunteerreght-ersforcommittingtimeandef-forttoeventsheldthroughouttheweekwhichincludedtheannualburntofferingsbar-becueandopenhousealongwithschoolpresentations.FortSmithreghterstraininHayRiverfacilityFirePreventionWeekpivotaltodepartmentroleincommunityByMARIACHURCHTheRegionalMunicipalityofWoodBuffaloRMWBhostssomeoftheworstvoterturnoutratesinthecoun-trybutmunicipalelectionofcialsarehopinganewcampaignthisyearwillchangethat.TheThisisYourSpacecampaignwascreatedspe-cicallyforRMWBelec-tionsnextMondayandfo-cusesongettingvoterstotakeownershipofissuesinthecommunity.DarleneSoucyreturn-ingofcerwiththeRMWBwhohelpedorganizethecampaignsaidvoterapa-thyisaseriousconcernfortheregion.CampaigntargetsextremevoterapathyinWoodBuffaloInthelastfederalelectionwewerethelowestridinginallofCanadaforvoterturnoutsovoterapathyhereisreallypoorSoucytoldTheJournal.LookingtochangethosenumberstheRMWBelec-tionsdepartmentpartneredwiththecityofVaughaninOntariowherevoterturnoutisasimilarconcerntodeveloptheThisisYourSpacecampaigntailoredtoeachmunicipality.IttalksabouttakingownershipofalltheareasoftownwhetheritsyourwalkingtrailsoryoureoutcanoeingoryouredrivingthathalttruckquaddingoreveninthelineupforadrivethroughSoucysaid.Bytakingownershipofyourcommunityyouneedtopointcouncilandyourschoolboardsintherightdirection.Thatswhatthearrowisabout.ThecampaignfeaturesaredarrowwithablankspacebetweenthetwoendswherepostersandvideosassurevotersThisisyourspace.Ballotsfortheelectionalsofeaturetheredarrowandaskvoterstollinthearrowsspinetopointtotheircan-didateofchoice.ThebulkofthecampaignadvertisinghasprimarilytargetedvotersinFortMc-Murraywheremorethan90percentoftheelectorateliveandwherevoterapathyismuchmoreofanissuethaninruralcommunities.Becausetheyaresmallerandmorelocaltheyknowthecouncillorstheyknowthepeoplerunningandtheyhavemorevestedinthecom-munitySoucysaidoftheruralareas.InFortMc-Murraywhichhas95percentofthevotersandsixcandidatesyoudonthavethatpersonalconnectionwiththosecandidatesthatarerunning.SoucysaidfeedbackthusfarhasbeenpositiveandpeopleseemexcitedabouttheupcomingelectiononOct.21.Achangethisyearmadeonaprovinciallevelwillre-quireallvotersinAlbertaduringfederalprovincialandmunicipalelectionstoshowgovernmentphotoIDandproofofaddressbeforetheycanvote.Toseethecampaignorlearnmoreaboutthevoterrequirementsgoonlinetowww.yourspacermwb.caAredarrowisthecentraliconofthenewcampaigntogetRMWBvoterstothepolls.ImageRMWBDallasPhillipsandSarahRosolensuitupfortrainingatthetrainingcentreinHayRiver.PhotosMariaChurch