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Thursday, October 12, 2017

City of London and partners held an emergency field exercise

More than 600 people participated in Exercise Foxtrot Two today, one of the City’s largest emergency exercises to date.

The large field exercise was built on a scenario that a school cross country meet was impacted by a sudden tornado, leading to casualties and fatalities on the site in and around Westminster Ponds.

The exercise tested elements of the City’s emergency plan in the areas of preparedness, response and recovery. The City, its agencies and partners activated London’s Emergency Operations Centre, mobile command centres, a reception centre and two hospital organizations to test emergency plans and provide a development opportunity for staff.

Key elements tested today:

  • Assessment of the emergency situation and convening the necessary response of resources and equipment.
  • Communications between emergency responders, agencies and hospital sites.
  • Identification of and assessment of injuries.
  • Transportation of large patient volumes from extreme environment to patient transport and eventually to two hospital emergency departments and an urgent care centre.

London has an emergency response plan and holds training exercises to improve its readiness should a response to a real emergency be necessary.

“It’s important that we work together with emergency services and community partners to ensure we respond to catastrophic events in a coordinated way,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “Londoners can be assured that this group of dedicated and caring professionals are working hard to keep our community safe every single day.”

“Hundreds of hours have been invested by the City, its agencies and partners for this event to improve our readiness and team work in case a real event strikes,” said Dave O’Brien, Division Manager Corporate Security and Emergency Management Division for the City of London. “The public also can play a role, and be prepared for an emergency. Details on how to prepare your home or business, as well as how to receive emergency notifications are available on www.london.ca.”

The participating organizations were:

  • London Police Service
  • London Fire Department
  • London Hydro
  • London Transit
  • Fanshawe College
  • Salvation Army
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Upper Thames Region Conservation Area
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • Middlesex London Emergency Medical Services
  • Ambulance Communications Centre
  • St. John Ambulance and London SAR
  • London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Health Care London, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Parkwood Institute
  • Environment Canada
  • City of London – Corporate Security and Emergency Management, the Communications Division, Information and Technology Services, Water and Wastewater, Transportation and Emergency Social Services.

This work supports the City’s strategic plan, enhancing corporate and community safety by preparing for and responding to security risks and emergency events.

The public can do its part to be prepared for an emergency. People can sign up to receive messages from the Alert London Notification System which will send the public safety message to the resident’s first choice point of contact (e.g. text, email address, cell phone) during a real emergency. You can sign up for alerts and access more information on how to prepare for an emergency at www.london.ca.

Media contact:

Dave O’Brien
Division Manager, Corporate Security and Emergency Management Division
City of London
519-661-2489 ext 2459
dobrien@london.ca
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