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Public Safety Compliance Team resumes unannounced audits of Red Deer businesses

October 18, 2022 1:13 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

In partnership with Red Deer RCMP, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission, Alberta Health Services, and the City of Red Deer’s Inspections & Licensing department, Red Deer Emergency Services conducted ten safety audits of local restaurants and bars on October 14, 2022, as a part of their joint Public Safety Compliance Team (PSCT) efforts.

Partnering up for the first time since the pandemic began in 2020, representatives from the five organizations inspected businesses for their specific areas of expertise, including:

  • health codes and food storage,
  • building fire codes, fire exits and occupant loads,
  • safety and security of patrons and staff, and
  • liquor sales relating to legal age and consumption levels.

“PSCT works together to ensure local hospitality and entertainment establishments provide a safe environment for both patrons and staff,” said Tim Kivell, Fire Marshal for Red Deer Emergency Services. “A coordinated approach ensures that the hospitality industry is maintaining standards as outlined in Federal and Provincial Statutes, as well as Municipal bylaws.”

The Public Safety Compliance Team was formed in 2013 and provides both preventive and complaints-based enforcement. This past Friday, PSCT inspected 10 local bars and restaurants, resulting in only minor violations which were all addressed at the time of inspection. No federal or provincial charges were identified.

“We were really pleased with the results of the joint inspections,” said Kivell. “These inspections give reassurance to Red Deerians that our businesses are providing safe, quality service.”

Unannounced safety inspections of entertainment and hospitality establishments will continue to be conducted in the future, including inspections at local cannabis retail stores.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Kivell
Fire Marshal
The City of Red Deer

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