Rothesay and Quispamsis officials met with local and provincial emergency co-ordinators on Wednesday night to discuss rail safety in the region.

The focus on rail safety was sparked after the tragedy in Lac-Megantic, Que., in July that saw 47 people killed.

The Kennebecasis Valley's current emergency plan was put in place in 1999 when train traffic was quieter and the cargo was less dangerous.

Brian Shanks, the volunteer EMO director for both Rothesay and Quispamsis, said it is time for the plan to be updated.


Park Drive is the only entrance to nearly 350 homes and could be at risk if there was a rail accident in Rothesay. (CBC)

"It's a little dated," Shanks said.

"Things have changed, roads have been put in, new homes and the rest. So it's good to go through this to ensure that the actions that the  Emergency Measures Organization will do in the valley, meets the expectations of our elected officials."

Shanks said officials will spend the next two months re-evaluating the plan and specific areas where the communities have grown to ensure the emergency response plan is "up to speed."

Shanks will then meet with the towns to ensure an adequate evacuation plan is in place in the case of an emergency, such as a train derailment.

Rothesay’s council plans on touring the valley's emergency operation centre. An exercise to test the emergency plan has been scheduled for the spring.

Rothesay Deputy Mayor Nancy Grant began raising concerns about rail safety in July shortly after the Lac-Mégantic disaster.

On Thursday, Grant stood in front of a CN Rail line that cuts across Park Drive in Rothesay.


Rothesay Deputy Mayor Nancy Grant began raising the issue of rail safety after the Lac-Mégantic tragedy. (CBC)

It's the only entrance in and out of a neighbourhood of about 350 homes on the town's border with Saint John.

"I would like to see us have an exercise that would involve something at this rail crossing," she said.

Grant and members of Rothesay's council met with provincial and local emergency response co-ordinators on Wednesday.

As the emergency response plan is assessed, Shanks said the fastest way to keep people safe is to get information out to people as quickly as possible.

He points to the Kennebecasis Valley's Sentinel system, an alert service that will notify residents in the event of an emergency.

Residents can register on a website to be sent alerts about flooding, fire, boil orders or other emergencies.