05/09/2016 17:34 EDT | Updated 05/10/2017 01:12 EDT

150 B.C. Mounties heading to help fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alta.

SURREY, B.C. — Mounties from across British Columbia are heading to northern Alberta to help in fire-ravaged Fort McMurray.

B.C. RCMP spokesman Staff Sgt. Rob Vermeulen says about 150 tactical troop members and traffic service officers are being sent.

He says the Alberta RCMP requested help from their B.C. counterparts.

The officers will come from communities across the province to make sure local detachments aren't left short-handed.

Vermeulen says the officers are used to being redeployed on short notice for serious events.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Fort McMurray is not yet safe for residents to return after a wildfire ripped through the city, torching 2,400 buildings.