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Ontario Testing Emergency Response Capabilities

Emergency Simulation to Help Ensure Province’s Safety and Emergency Readiness

Ontario is supporting a large-scale, fully functional regional emergency exercise in Bruce County to test the province's ability to respond to nuclear incidents.

The drill will run from October 3-7 and is part of an annual training schedule established to ensure emergency preparedness in Ontario. The exercise, titled 'Huron Resolve,' will simulate a major nuclear incident at Bruce Power.

During the drill, residents in the area may see emergency vehicles, aircraft and personnel responding to simulated emergencies at various sites across Bruce County, including buildings, roads and other key locations.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) is assisting Bruce Power in co-ordinating the exercise, which brings together 500 individuals from more than 29 agencies, including all levels of government, Bruce Power and non-governmental organizations.

Some of the provincial teams taking part include:

  • The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
  • The Ontario Provincial Police
  • The Ministry of Labour's Radiation Protection Services
  • OFMEM's Provincial Emergency Operations Centre, which is based in Toronto.

Quick Facts

  • Safety is the top priority of Ontario and its nuclear generators. Nuclear power has been safely powering our homes and businesses for over 40 years.
  • Huron Resolve is part of an emergency exercise series known as the Huron Series, launched in February 2012. Members from international nuclear organizations, including the World Association of Nuclear Operators, will be observing the exercise.
  • The Ministry of Labour’s Radiation Protection Monitoring Services, within the Specialized Professional Services, Operations Division is the only provincial radio-analytical laboratory in Ontario and monitors the environment around nuclear installations to ensure that exposure to radiation, by workers and the general population, is as low as reasonably achievable.
  • On October 6, the Town of Kincardine, Town of Saugeen Shores, Bruce County, the OPP, and others will be deploying resources into the community for this exercise in order to test the real-time ability of emergency personnel.

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“Ontario must always be ready to respond to natural and man-made disasters effectively to minimize their impact and ensure our communities remain safe. This type of large-scale emergency exercise provides an excellent opportunity to fully test our readiness and to work with our partners to strengthen our collective capacity to respond.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“Huron Resolve is an opportunity for Bruce Power, working side-by-side with the province, local municipalities and emergency personnel, to train, practice and test our industry-leading emergency plans. We are exercising all facets of our response to a simulated scenario, and look forward to the lessons we will learn and their continuous improvement opportunities.”

Mike Rencheck

President and CEO, Bruce Power

“The Municipality of Kincardine is pleased to take part in this comprehensive drill. It is important for us to understand our role in the event of an emergency, and how to coordinate most effectively with the province, Bruce Power, the surrounding municipalities and supporting agencies. This exercise is an ongoing priority in respect to emergency management.”

Anne Eadie

Mayor, Municipality of Kincardine

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