New Provincial Emergency Operations Centre
The new Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) is located in the Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex in the Downsview area of Toronto. It replaces a decades-old facility near Queen's Park.
The new centre features the latest emergency management technology and allows the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) to centrally co-ordinate the provincial response to emergencies and collaborate with its partners.
Role of the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre
Staffed around the clock, the PEOC monitors evolving situations inside and outside of Ontario. The key function of the PEOC is to co-ordinate the Ontario Government response to major emergencies. This includes providing municipalities and First Nations with a single point of contact for provincial assistance in times of crisis.
Co-ordination and technology
The centrepiece of the PEOC is the 82-seat operations room which includes a 21-meter-wide display wall for real-time monitoring of emergencies and response activities. This wall is the largest of its kind in Canada. It's made up of 30 LED rear projection screens. The screens can show up to 20 feeds from data, image, or video sources such as the Ministry of Transportation traffic camera system, social or broadcast media.
The display wall is controlled by technology used by military and civilian agencies. Current users include the Greater Toronto Airport Authority and the City of Toronto's Traffic Management Centre. The technology enables emergency managers in the PEOC to integrate information from various sources and get a better understanding of how an incident is evolving.