Public Safety / Local Government

Emergency exercise helps communities be prepared (09/04/07)

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April 7, 2009

EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - Preparedness and organization were the focus of an emergency exercise that took place this week in Edmundston.

The exercise centred around an incident involving the transportation of goods, specifically concerning a propane leak. It was a problem-solving awareness session where all participants asked questions, and provided experience and expertise to solve the problem.

The event was organized by the Madawaska/Victoria District Emergency Action Committee, and officials from the Department of Local Government and the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB-EMO)

"These types of exercises allow communities to ensure that in the event of an emergency, roles are well-defined and processes will be in place to help people be safe," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran. "I congratulate all those involved in this exercise for being proactive in their emergency planning."

The exercise was a co-ordinated effort, with over 30 participants from the municipal and provincial levels, as well as volunteers and first responders.

"I am very pleased to see the level of collaboration that took place for this exercise," said Local Government Minister Bernard Leblanc. "By working together, regions can share resources and expertise that will help them be prepared for an emergency situation."

NB-EMO works at both provincial and municipal levels to ensure that New Brunswick communities are protected by emergency plans. NB-EMO district co-ordinators and headquarters staff help municipalities and local service districts with contingency planning for major emergencies.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jacques Côté, NB-EMO, 506-453-2133.

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