City holding emergency ex June 1
City holding emergency ex June 1
The Daily Observer
May 26, 2017
Article by: Stephen Uhler
 
Town officials in mock exercise, held in 2016. Unlike this table top exercise, the city of Pembroke will conduct a full scale one on June 1, involving the deployment of emergency resources at locations from Riverside Park to the Pembroke Memorial Centre and the OPP headquarters building.

Town officials in mock exercise, held in 2016. Unlike this table top exercise, the city of Pembroke will conduct a full scale one on June 1, involving the deployment of emergency resources at locations from Riverside Park to the Pembroke Memorial Centre and the OPP headquarters building.

 
The city of Pembroke will be practicing how it would handle emergencies June 1.
 
On that day, the municipality will be conducting an emergency exercise as part of a mandated process under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
Unlike other years, this one will be a full scale exercise, involving many agencies and even 17 Fellowes High School drama students, who will play local residents displaced by the “disaster.”

Colleen Sauriol, Community Emergency Management Co-ordinator, said  the purpose of the exercise is to practice, demonstrate and evaluate the capability of the city to set up and operate the emergency operations centre, which is located inside the OPP building, a reception centre and an incident command centre to evaluate the city's emergency plan and to familiarize various departments and agencies with their roles and responsibilities.
“This year, we are ramping it up,” she said.

This full scale exercise will emulate the effects of an earthquake which will allow emergency services as well as the city’s community control group to correlate their actions and reactions to an emergency.
The exercise will take place mainly in the city’s west end and the incident command centre will be located at the Kiwanis Field House in Riverside Park. The Pembroke Memorial Centre will also be used as a registration and reception centre, where the Red Cross will help process those evacuated as a result of the “disaster.”

The exercise will begin around 8:45 am and end at approximately 1:00 pm.
Taking part in this important run through of the emergency plan are the city’s Fire Department and Operations Department, the OPP, Renfrew County Paramedic Services, Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), Red Cross, Ottawa River Power Corporation, Renfrew County Victim Services, Pembroke Regional Hospital, Enbridge Gas, Renfrew County and District Health Unit, Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and Miramichi Lodge.

Sauriol said this announcement is being made so when the public sees activity involving emergency vehicles on June 1, they will know it is just an exercise and not something to be concerned about.