DAWSON CREEK -- The Peace River Regional District is pushing back against the BC government’s Emergency and Disaster Management Act.

The PRRD says the burden of funding two new full-time positions to help fulfill the requirement of establishing an emergency program would fall on tax payers at a time the district believes the money could be better spent.

Under the act, the district would be obligated to establish emergency program officer and coordinator positions that would allow for the framework to lay out a plan mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from un-foreseen threats.

The deferral of the positions was laid out in a January 25th committee meeting, and will be re-visited when PRRD board members meet again February 8th.