Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

November 23, 2008 12:04 ET

Government of Canada Coordinates Joint Transit Security Exercise

COQUITLAM, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2008) - Emergency responders and government departments responsible for emergency management today took part in a joint transit emergency preparedness exercise, known as TRANSGUARD I, in Coquitlam, B.C. The Government of Canada coordinated the exercise, which involved participants from the Province of British Columbia; the municipalities of Coquitlam and Vancouver; TransLink, the local transit operator; and other partners.

"Exercises are important tools for strengthening our ability to efficiently deal with all kinds of potential incidents," said the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety Canada. "This exercise is an example of our government's on-going commitment to working with partners in all jurisdictions to ensure the security and safety of Canadians."

Exercise TRANSGUARD I consisted of a full-scale simulation of an explosion at the Coquitlam West Coast Express Station transit system, with mock victims played by hundreds of volunteers from St. John Ambulance, Vancouver Film School and others. There were approximately 500 participants including first responders from police, fire and ambulance services.

Public Safety Canada coordinated TRANSGUARD I as the first of a series of exercises to be held across Canada to enhance transit security, known as the Urban Transit Exercise Program. Lessons learned from the exercise will be shared with federal, provincial and local jurisdictions including emergency managers and planners, as well as transit owners/operators across Canada to help them improve the safety of their systems.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    www.publicsafety.gc.ca
    or
    Province of British Columbia
    Media Relations
    David Karn
    250-387-9116
    or
    City of Coquitlam
    Therese Mickelson
    604-318-2551
    or
    TransLink Communications
    Ken Hardie
    604-453-4606
    or
    Canadian Pacific
    Mike LoVecchio
    778-772-9636
    or
    RCMP Lower Mainland District
    Cpl. Peter Thiessen
    604-614-6177
    or
    St. John Ambulance
    Dave Frank
    604-644-6426