Disaster simulation happening Saturday in Miscouche

Colin MacLean
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Emergency services are conducting a mock disater in Miscouche Saturday that simulates a building collapse.

MISCOUCHE — There is going to be a large-scale mock disaster training exercise at the Miscouche Recreation Centre on Saturday, May 17.

Jason Woodbury, chief of the Miscouche Volunteer Fire Service, would like to advise the public not to panic if they see swarms of emergency vehicles and firefighters descending on the building during the day.

The scenario is going to simulate a collapsed building with casualties, said Woodbury, so there's going to be actors decked out with fake blood and more.

The goal is to make the simulation as real as possible, said Woodbury.

"It's certainly going to look like a real life emergency and injuries. And in my experience, my profession is a paramedic, it's going to be as real to life as possible," he said.

The call is expected to go out sometime in the morning (the exact time is a secret), and activity will last until at least early afternoon.

Miscouche houses a federally regulated mass causality response unit and is required to hold a large-scale drill every four or five years to keep its certification.

The last drill was a simulated school bus crash.

Simulations like this one are invaluable experience builders, said Woodbury.

"Most emergencies have that sense of chaos, but if we can be better prepared when we bring multiple agencies in, it gives us a better understanding of what roles and responsibilities each agency plays during a large event," he said.

"Fortunately we haven't had any large disasters like other provinces, but the potential is always there," he said.

Organizations: Miscouche Recreation Centre, Miscouche Volunteer Fire Service

Geographic location: Miscouche

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