Abbotsford now equipped with emergency response trailer

Mobile centre purchased with donations from Rotary Club of Abbotsford and Canadian Western Bank

Andrew Franklin (far left) and Lindsay Babineau (far right) accept certificates of thanks from fire chief Don Beer and Mayor Bruce Banman

Andrew Franklin (far left) and Lindsay Babineau (far right) accept certificates of thanks from fire chief Don Beer and Mayor Bruce Banman

The City of Abbotsford has a new resource to respond to emergencies, thanks to $10,000 in donations from the Rotary Club of Abbotsford and Canadian Western Bank.

The donations were used to purchase a trailer, equipped with resources for emergencies such as flooding or disasters. The mobile trailer allows for a reception centre to be set up at any location in the city, depending on the disaster and where it occurs.

Mayor Bruce Banman and Fire Chief Don Beer presented Andrew Franklin, president of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford, and Lindsay Babineau, from Canadian Western Bank, with certificates of thanks for their support.

“The funds that they have provided for us definitely will go to a great cause,” said Beer.

The donation comes during the B.C.-wide emergency preparedness week. Banman thanked the donors, saying that important that the community has the resources to respond to a potential emergency.

Banman said he hopes there is no emergency that will require the trailer’s use, but if it is needed, it will save lives.