Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 19, 2008 16:50 ET

Media Advisory: Joint Emergency Preparedness Exercise at Coquitlam West Coast Express Station on November 23, 2008

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2008) - First responders from fire, police and ambulance services will participate in an exercise to practice their emergency response to a transit incident. TRANSGUARD I is a collaboration of the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, and the municipalities of Coquitlam and Vancouver, in association with TransLink and other partners.

TRANSGUARD I is a component of the Urban Transit Exercise Program - a federal government initiative to improve the readiness of Canada's urban transit sector to respond to multi-jurisdictional emergencies through the validation of plans, policies, and response protocols over the next four years.

The exercise will be staged in Coquitlam British Columbia and will involve a range of participants including first responders and mock casualty victims. Media are invited to attend.

- Media registration in advance is mandatory.

- Please register on Friday between 10am and 3pm at Coquitlam City Hall in the Council Committee Room on the ground floor, or at the TransLink kiosk at Vancouver's Waterfront Station.

- On exercise day, Sunday November 23, 2008, media will be bussed from Coquitlam City Hall to the exercise at Coquitlam West Coast Express Station. Media must arrive at City Hall between 7:30 and 7:55am.

- Media will not be allowed to access the site directly, a bus will transport the media from City Hall to the event site (the Coquitlam West Coast Express Station).

- For safety reasons, site access will be restricted and all participants must remain on the event site for the duration of the exercise.

- A brief question and answer period will take place during the exercise.



Mandatory Media registration (prior to event):

Date
Friday, November 21, 2008

Time
10am - 3pm (Pacific Time)

Location
Coquitlam City Hall
3000 Guildford Way
Council Committee Room (ground floor)

OR

TransLink kiosk
Waterfront Station
Main Floor (next to Starbucks Coffee)
601 West Cordova St.
Vancouver

Exercise Day:

Date
Sunday, November 23, 2008

Time
7:30 am - 10:15am (Pacific Time)

Location
Coquitlam City Hall
3000 Guildford Way
Note: Media will be bussed from Coquitlam City Hall to the exercise
location; Coquitlam West Coast Express Station. (media will not be allowed
to go directly to the West Coast Express Station)

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657