Local briefs – August 7

At least two Red Deer athletes have won gold medals so far in this year’s World Police and Fire Games in Burnaby, B.C.

Athletes succeed at B.C. event

At least two Red Deer athletes have won gold medals so far in this year’s World Police and Fire Games in Burnaby, B.C.

Bernice Fuss, a power lifter representing the Michener Centre Fire Department and Red Deer Emergency Services Platoon Chief Peter Barron, a veteran cyclist, won gold medals earlier this week in their respective sports.

Fuss, who previously won gold medals in the 2007 games, won a gold on Tuesday in the women’s grand master 75 kg division by benching 82.5 kg (181.5 pounds).

Her husband Duane, an Alberta sheriff, is also competing in the weightlifting men’s section.

Barron, a veteran fire-medic, won his gold on Tuesday in the mountain bike cycling dual slalom event in the men’s grand master A event.

Several other Red Deer fire-medics are also competing in various events, including Bernie Walker, Steve Barahona, Doug Robertson, Doug McCrea, Damian Lagrange, Luke Twedale and Dave Bain.

The games, which started on Saturday, run through until Sunday at about 50 sites in the Lower Mainland.

More than 10,500 athletes are competing, the most ever athletes to attend the semi-annual games.

There are more than 60 sports on display.

The games are open to all full-time professional firefighters, law enforcement, customs and correctional officers from around the world.

The games are also viewed as a dry run for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in February says Stuart Ballantyne, games chief executive officer.

Vancouver’s transit system, the airport and other facilities are being tested.

“They are going to have a chance to test some of their systems because of the sheer volume in numbers of athletes that we bring in,” said Ballantyne.

The Olympics are expected to attract about 3,500 athletes and many thousands of visitors.


City of Red Deer departments relocating

Red Deer really is a city on the move.

Just ask any of the dozens of city staff moving to new offices this month.

Four departments will be setting up in new locations, starting with Community Services, which is on the move today.

Formerly located on the fourth floor of City Hall, Community Services is going into a temporary site in the Alexander Way building at 4815 48th St.

Also leaving City Hall for a spot in Alexander Way is Land and Economic Development, slated to leave its third floor site at the end of the month.

While those two departments are leaving the building, Assessment and Taxation Services is moving from the Professional Building at 4808 50th St. across the street to City Hall, taking a spot on the fourth floor during the weekend of Aug. 14 to 16.

Human Resources then switches out of City Hall the following weekend to take a suite in the Professional Building.

Moves have been made to accommodate growth, which has resulted in the need to hire more staff within the city’s many departments, Inspections and Licensing manager Paul Meyette said in a press statement issued on Thursday afternoon.

The latest shift will accommodate staff from various departments until the annex at the new Civic Centre is built (at the current RCMP building site). Currently spread over a variety of sites, staff in each of the effected departments will now be back together.

“Once staff from each department are planted in their new homes, it will be business as usual,” said Meyette.

“In fact, it will be better than business as usual because this move facilitates better communication and collaboration among staff and citizens.”

Each of the moves starts on a Friday and service disruptions will be limited to one day, said Meyette.

The plan is to start moving equipment out on Friday afternoon to have everything set up in time for opening on the following Monday.

Regular services for each department will be disrupted for one day.

Signs will be posted at each of the three sites advising where each department is located.

Details are also available on online at www.reddeer.ca


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