Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Waterfront Petro-Can to play host to emergency response simulation Wednesday

Prince Rupert residents may see smoke in the sky on the east side of town on Wednesday.

But there should be no cause for alarm, as the smoke will just be part of a full-scale emergency response simulation set for the city that day.

Suncor Energy is the main organizer of the simulation, working in partnership with Northwest Fuels operators of the Petro Canada marina off of George Hills Way.

As part of the scenario, responding agencies will be participating with vehicles and boats, all designed to test out the state of emergency response plans and to allow for a learning experience in a safe and controlled environment.

Among the groups taking part in Wednesday's simulation along with Suncor and Northwest Fuels:

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation
Prince Rupert Fire Department
Transport Canada
Prince Rupert Port Authority
Canadian Coast Guard
Ministry of Environment
BC Ambulance

Residents should make note of the Wednesday event which will take place from 9:30 AM until the Noon Hour and be aware of the increased possibility of emergency traffic in that area.

Though if locals are inclined to view the event, we imagine watching from the Atlin Terminal area or the floats area of Cow Bay, probably provide the best vantage point for interested observers.

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