The DRPS was proud to participate in a region-wide emergency response exercise today (Oct. 12) designed to prepare everyone in the event of a natural gas leak.
The Durham Emergency Management Office (DEMO) and area municipalities participated in the multi-jurisdictional, table-top exercise, which lasted all morning.
Participants included the towns of Ajax and Whitby; townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge; cities of Oshawa and Pickering; and Municipality of Clarington, as well as Enbridge Gas. This year's theme was Exercise Pilot Light and was aimed at strengthening the level of co-ordination and co-operation of response during a large-scale natural gas disruption.
"Collaboration and team work are crucial elements in conducting a successful emergency management plan,"said Ivan Ciuciura, Director of Emergency Management for Durham Region. "Multi-jurisdictional exercises, such as the one conducted today, bring our community partners together to review our roles and procedures. This allows exercise partners to evaluate the integrated response and recovery capabilities of the Region and area municipalities, in the event of a large-scale emergency."
Regional and municipal emergency operation centres (EOCs) were staffed and fully operational throughout the exercise. Approximately 150 representatives from the emergency response groups of the Region, the eight area municipalities and Enbridge Gas gathered at their respective EOC's for a training session followed by a table-top exercise.
The objectives of practising and evaluating emergency response plans were achieved, and testing of communications and resources within and between the EOCs were conducted.
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Supt. Kim Bulloch and Sgt. Brad Hancock at the DRPS Table (JPG file, 161.7K bytes)