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  Major Emergency Exercise a Great Success

May 29, 2014 09:27 ET

The three-day nuclear emergency exercise is now over and it is being hailed as a great success by participants.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, the final day, the DRPS was front and centre at the Orono Fairgrounds as an Emergency Workers' Centre was set up. This centre is organized by the DRPS and would serve as both a staging area for emergency workers going into a "hot" zone as well as a decontamination and debreifing centre for those coming back from their assignments.

Exercise Unified Response (ExUR) was the largest, full-scale nuclear emergency response exercise ever held in Canada. It began on Monday, May 26, 2014. Over 50 government organizations were involved in the simulation, from Clarington to Ottawa and Toronto. Some of the agencies participating included: Ontario Power Generation, the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. It is estimated that over 1,000 people will be involved at various times obver the three days.

The Durham Regional Emergency Operations Centre in Whitby was fully activated as it tested the co-ordinated responses of the other agencies involved. The Provincial Emergency Operations Centre was also open in Toronto and was the hub for managing the mock nuclear emergency.

The exercise also included testing the emergency telephone alerting system and the public alert sirens around the nuclear generating stations in Clarington and Pickering.

For more information, please visit the Region of Durham's website.

Below are attached files.
cruiser thumb (JPG file, 25.5K bytes)
DRP cruiser goes through some contamination (JPG file, 302.5K bytes)
A thourough check of the cruiser (JPG file, 455.9K bytes)
Cst. Foote goes through the process once inside the facility (JPG file, 364.9K bytes)
Some of our community partners on scene (JPG file, 348.1K bytes)