Premier Rachel Notley visited Fort McMurray for the first time since June 1.
Here she met with first responders who fought the wildfire and helped the community evacuate the area. To properly thank everyone for their work, Premier Notley announced King Street over Highway 63 will be renamed Responders Way.
“To honour the first responders who did so much great work and demonstrated such dedication to the people of their community at a time of their greatest need,” said Notley.
Ending her announcement, Notley made sure to mention the idea came from Councillor Keith McGrath.
“I think it’s great and an honour that they’re going to rename the bridge after the first responders who risked so much to save what they could of the city,” said Edward Monk, Firefighter EMT.
Notely also had a chance to talk one on one with some of the first responders and personally send thanks to everyone. From hearing, new stories to just catching up she met over 20 members of the Fire Department and Wood Buffalo RCMP.
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“It’s always great to have the support, I know we have support at all levels here,” said Wood Buffalo RCMP Superintendent Rob McCloy. “Our members as well as every other first responders here did a miraculous job that day, when you figure that 88,000-people got out without injury that’s a testimonial to what when on here.”
This wasn’t the only event on Notley’s agenda throughout the day as she also met with students at Westwood Community High School and the owners of the first property being rebuilt in Wood Buffalo.
Ending her trip is a sit down with social sector organizations and a chance to hear from Mayor Melissa Blake about concerns coming from the municipality including Bill 21.