Full scale emergency exercise taking place Wednesday, October 5

Medicine Hat – On Wednesday, October 5, the City, as well as numerous community partners, will participate in a full-scale emergency exercise, designed to practice and evaluate emergency preparedness.

The exercise will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. It will involve numerous agencies, including the City of Medicine Hat, Methanex, South Eastern Alberta Search and Rescue, Canadian Pacific Railway, the Medicine Hat Remand Centre, Alberta Health Services, and other partners.

All services, including emergency services, will be fully operational during this training exercise. The City places the highest priority on everyone’s health and safety.

“This type of training is the best way to prepare our staff in the event of a large-scale emergency in our community,” said Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management with Fire & Emergency Services. “The types of skills that are necessary to continue building are applicable to numerous types of these emergency situations. The windstorm in July is an example of exactly that.”

The training area will start in the CP Rail yard at the intersection of South Railway Street SE and Kingsway Avenue SE. Notice boards will be displayed around the rail yard, advising members of the public that training is occurring. The exercise will also take place in areas of the SE Hill and the downtown.

A detour will be in place around the rail yard, however, all businesses will be open while the exercise is taking place.

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