A letter from the Westman Emergency Group serves as a reminder that life goes on for town and country citizens in an orderly fashion because people serving in foundation services keep doing their jobs.
Leaders implore the public to comply with social-distancing, self-isolation for at-risk people, hand-washing and staying home.
When emergencies strike, Westman Emergency Group comes to life, serving Virden and the RM of Wallace-Woodworth. They co-ordinate the efforts of all essential municipal services. As such, they bring a message from municipal leaders during the pandemic.
Reeve, RM of Wallace-Woodworth, Clayton Canart:
I just want to send out a few words to our residents letting you know what we are doing at the municipality through these rapidly changing times. Municipal staff have implemented provincial protocols in regards to social distancing and self-isolation to ensure we can continue to maintain and provide services to the municipality.
With the WEG’s involvement, we have continued open lines of communication between ourselves, the Town of Virden, Fire Departments, RCMP and EMS. We want to assure you that we will continue to work together providing services at the best level possible…
Mayor, Town of Virden, Murray Wright.
I just wanted to take a minute to let our citizens know, that here at the Town of Virden, we are closing monitoring the daily reports from Manitoba Health and ensuring that our operations are closely following their guidelines and advice.
Town of Virden employees have put strict policies and procedures in place to ensure their safety so they can continue to provide our residents with essential services… water and sewer and garbage pickup, during this pandemic.
Going for a walk to get fresh air is okay but do keep your two-metre distance. I know its hard to social distance when we are social people, but its necessary. Please don’t get down in the dumps, please look out for each other, and we will get through this together!
Wallace District Fire Department. Fire Chief Brad Yochim
Firefighters in Virden and Elkhorn are ready to respond to all emergencies at this difficult time. The services we provide have not changed. We have postponed training and meetings. Both fire stations remain closed to the public… Call 911 in case of an emergency.
RCMP Westman Area Commander, S/Sgt Colby Argue
There has been no change to the RCMP's response to critical and emergency matters. RCMP Detachments remain open and police officers continue to be present in the communities to ensure community safety. RCMP has suspended front counter services. If there is an emergency, please call 911 or (204) 748-2135. For all other inquiries, please call the administrative line at (204) 748-2046.
WEG coordinators Marc Savy and Matt Hipwell:
In closing we would like to remind everyone about getting factual information about the pandemic. Refer to the provincial website at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 and if you have any symptoms of the virus call health links at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency. Follow us on our Facebook page @westmanemergencygroup for the latest updates. Thank you and stay safe at home.
Excerpted from WEG letter to the public