Sept. 23, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - An upcoming disaster exercise taking place Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Bathurst will help emergency responders assess their level of preparedness for accidents or incidents involving multiple victims.
The exercise is entitled Fallen Bird, and will depict a plane crash following a hijack incident at the airport, for which the response will require a joint effort between provincial, municipal and federal government agencies. It will cover three locations: the Bathurst Regional Airport, a private property donated by a local company for the purpose of the exercise, and the Chaleur Regional Hospital.
"These types of exercises give us the opportunity to validate emergency plans, and to identify strengths and weaknesses so that the necessary changes can be made to allow everyone to be safe," said Karl Wilmot, planning officer with the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization. "Exercises such as this ensure that all existing plans are up-to-date, and that responders are prepared in the event of an emergency."
The exercise is being co-ordinated by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, the Chaleur Regional Hospital, Bathurst Regional Airport, and the City of Bathurst.
"I applaud the proactive efforts of these organizations in preparing this exercise," Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran said. "This kind of co-operation will help to ensure that all organizations involved are familiar with their roles, and can effectively work together for the safety of the public."
The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization co-ordinates preparedness for emergencies, co-ordinates provincial response operations during emergencies, and administers disaster financial assistance programs.
MEDIA CONTACT: Karl Wilmot, New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization 506-453-2133.