City Hall evacuated for noon hour alarm

By rdnewsNOW staff
June 14, 2018 - 1:15pm Updated: June 14, 2018 - 2:08pm

Red Deer City Hall was evacuated for about 45 minutes after a smoke alarm was activated on the building’s main floor Thursday afternoon.

That according to Platoon Chief Chuck Reuther with Red Deer Emergency Services, who says the noon hour evacuation took place quickly and efficiently.

“The panel is indicating there was smoke found on the main floor on the west side of the building in the lobby area,” says Reuther. “The panel indicated maybe it was an elevator issue. The elevators when we left were not functioning so we suspect it was related to the elevators but I cannot confirm. We couldn’t find any other source.”

He says maintenance staff from an elevator company are now at City Hall trying to fix the elevators but everything else is functioning normal and employees are back to work.

Reuther says the incident highlights the importance of larger buildings having an evacuation plan.

“The evacuation plans of these larger buildings, when it’s an efficient system, well managed and accountable, it really helps us.”

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