Clement Tours Parry Sound Fire by Helicopter
Tony Clement, MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, also toured the region affected by wild fires yesterday, meeting with first responders and community leaders who are on the front lines of battling the massive blazes and working to keep local residents safe.
Clement`s day started with meeting OPP Provincial Liaison Officers, Constables Francis Endanawas and Marilyn Cameron, at the Still River OPP detachment. From there Clement attended the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) base camp at Britt. From the base camp, Clement was given a helicopter tour, seeing first-hand the magnitude of the fire and the large-scale efforts by firefighters from across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to bring it under control.
Clement “The efforts of all those on the front lines of this massive fire are truly awe-inspiring. These men and women are working tirelessly and around the clock to not only fight the fire, but help the people who have had their lives disrupted. They are truly the heroes behind the scenes,” he said.
After surveying the fire from the air, Clement travelled to the French River Provincial Park Visitors Centre, where the OPP and MNRF joint command post is situated. There he was briefed on operations and received an up-to-the-minute status on the fire and efforts to keep the public and local residents out of its path. Clement met there with the superintendents of Massasauga, Grundy Lake, and French River Provincial Parks over lunch. All three of the parks have been evacuated.