Mount Allison to engage in planned emergency response exercise

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Mount Allison University will be the scene of an emergency exercise on Thursday, May 29.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Mount Allison University, the Town of Sackville, the Sackville RCMP, Sackville Fire and Rescue, Ambulance New Brunswick, and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization will hold a planned emergency response exercise on Thursday, May 29.

The purpose of the exercise is to assist all parties in their emergency planning, communication, and response by simulating an emergency situation on campus.

“We are pleased to be working with the Town of Sackville and various emergency response teams on this important exercise. The exercise will allow us to run through our current emergency response plans, see how they roll out with our partners at the Town and emergency response teams and identify ways to improve,” says university vice-president, administration, David Stewart. “You hope you never have a situation like this on campus or in Sackville, but we need to be prepared and exercises like this can only help in our planning and communication.”

Jamie Burke, senior manager of corporate projects for Sackville, said the planned emergency response exercise is an important one for all organizations involved and the community as a whole.

“This will allow all groups to review how we work together and build on and improve our current policies and procedures around emergency response and communications.”

The exercise will take place at the Mount Allison University campus (Northside Quad area) beginning at 7 p.m. and will last approximately two hours.

Mount Allison students, faculty, staff, and Sackville residents are asked to make note of the following mechanisms that will be used during the test exercise:

– Street closures surrounding campus beginning at 5:30 p.m.

– Smoke/fire/arms simulation in the Northside quad area

– Lockdown zones, no access to certain buildings on campus including the Northside quad residences, Jennings Hall, and the Avard-Dixon building

– Actor portrayal for some roles in the event, along with student volunteers from Mount Allison as well as Oulton College

– Possibility of helicopter

Updates will be communicated to the media and wider community leading up to the event.


Organizations: Oulton College, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization

Geographic location: SACKVILLE

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