Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

October 30, 2009 17:00 ET

Media Advisory: Olympic Security Exercise in Richmond, November 3, 2009

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - First responders will participate in an exercise to practice their response to an emergency situation. The exercise is a component of Exercise Gold - the third and final element of the 2010 Olympic Integrated Exercise Program.

The 2010 Olympic Integrated Exercise Program is designed to ensure that municipal, regional, provincial and federal organizations are prepared to respond in a coordinated manner to any emergency that may occur during the 2010 Winter Games.

The exercise will be staged at the Steveston High School, 10440 Number 2 Road, Richmond, and will involve a range of participants including first responders and mock casualties. Media are invited to attend.

As this will be a "live" exercise, media need to be aware of the following:

- For safety reasons, site access will be restricted. Media should carry proper identification at all times. There will be a tent located in a safe area on the site from which media will be able to observe the exercise.

- Media vehicles are asked to park on either Spender Drive or Dylan Place and enter the exercise site through the pedestrian walkway off Spender Drive. There will be no vehicle access to the school grounds.

- The media opportunity will begin at 9:30 am and conclude at 10:00 am.

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

While residents in the area have been notified, media may receive some public calls concerning the activity in the area. Please advise your newsroom switchboards or other appropriate staff that this exercise will be underway.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    City of Richmond
    Ted Townsend
    Senior Manager, Corporate Communication
    604-276-4399 or 604-516-9585 (cell)