An emergency exercise taking place this morning will involve a large number of people and emergency vehicles, but it’s just a drill, city officials say.
Known as Exercise High Pressure, the training drill will bring together civic emergency teams with local utilities to practise how they would respond to a natural gas leak. The exercise will evaluate communication, organizational response and unified command protocols.
The practice run was first scheduled for early this summer, but was postponed after an actual emergency happened that same day — a massive rainstorm that sent the same agencies scrambling.
Now, the rescheduled exercise will take place this morning, between about 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the area just west of Brandon University.
The 200-block of 20th Street and the 2000-block of Louise Avenue will be closed for the duration of the exercise. Police officers will be going door-to-door in the area to explain the exercise situation and hand out explanatory leaflets.
The exercise will not involve the release of any dangerous substances, but will include the presence of emergency personnel, vehicles and equipment working in the area.
It is a joint undertaking by the Manitoba Provincial Inter-Utility Committee and the Brandon Emergency Support Team with help from the City of Brandon, Manitoba Hydro, MTS Allstream, Westman Communications Group and Brandon University.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 16, 2013