Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Calgary Emergency Management Agency conducts mock exercise

Today the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) conducted a mock exercise to simulate an uncontrolled release of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) within Calgary city limits.

Although an oil and gas emergency of this nature is extremely unlikely, all of the organizations involved value the importance of being prepared. The drill was designed to test the existing H2S emergency response protocols, with a high focus on public safety and communications.

The exercise took place in the southeast quadrant of Calgary with members of the City of Calgary’s Emergency Management Agency as well as Compton Petroleum, Alberta Health Services and the Energy Resources Conservation Board.

CEMA prepares for and responds to crisis situations that may impact Calgarians, their health, properties or livelihoods. It works with City departments, corporations and non-profit agencies increasing organizational capacity to be prepared, become less vulnerable and recover more quickly from a disaster.

In the event of an emergency or crisis situation, CEMA aims to ensure a coordinated response by working with City services such as Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department and Water Services and external members, including utility providers, and provincial and federal government.

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