TABER - Ten members of the M.D. of Taber Regional Fire Services have returned from helping protect the Waterton townsite, and the regional fire chief has been told replacements are no longer needed.
"The experts say the townsite is no longer under threat, so they're demobilizing the resources," Brian Schafer said Wednesday morning. He told Lethbridge News Now the firefighters got home at approximately 1 or 2 a.m.
"We had a crew set up this morning... to leave at 10 a.m. but the provincial operations centre and Parks Canada released us, and they're sending a whole bunch of the crews home," Schafer explained. "We were part of the first ones to leave, and other crews are being released and being sent home last night and today as well."
Schafer said it was a job well done by members of the team from the M.D. of Taber and their colleagues from other departments. They were stationed in the south sector of the national park townsite, and they left with the town still standing.
He's happy they were able to help.
"Everyone in this area gets down to Waterton at some point here. It's a beautiful park, and our five fire departments together helped preserve that park." He added an evacuation plan had been shared with the firefighters on duty to make sure they could get out if needed.
The contingent included six M.D. of Taber employees and four volunteer firefighters. The contingent included firefighters from Enchant and Vauxhall as well as the M.D.
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