The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region conducts successful emergency exercise

WHITBY, ON April 14, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham completed its annual exercise today, which provided an opportunity to practise emergency planning and response operations. The Durham Emergency Management Office (DEMO) assumes a lead role in planning and co-ordinating these exercises. This year’s theme was “Exercise Off-Track,” and focused on strengthening the level of co-ordination and co-operation among Regional departments and external stakeholders during a large-scale train derailment.

“The success of this exercise can be attributed to the team work and collaboration demonstrated by participants,” said Warren Leonard, Director of the Durham Emergency Management Office. “Annual exercises, such as this one, are part of our regular planning schedule, and help Regional employees and stakeholders gain a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities, while putting emergency management response plans into action.”

The Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC) was staffed and fully operational throughout the exercise, involving about 50 representatives from various Regional departments, along with participants from Durham Regional Police Service, Durham Region Transit, City of Oshawa, Municipality of Clarington, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, CN Rail and Ontario Provincial Police.

The exercise achieved its objective of reviewing and evaluating the integrated capabilities of the REOC by using simulated telecommunications, and operational inputs and responses.

DEMO would like to thank participating representatives from the following departments/organizations, who were involved in today’s exercise: The Regional Municipality of Durham, Corporate Services Department, Health Department, Office of the Regional Chair and CAO, Planning and Economic Development Department, Social Services Department, and Works Department; Durham Regional Police Service; Durham Region Transit; City of Oshawa; Municipality of Clarington; Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority; CN Rail; and Ontario Provincial Police.

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