Provincial Resources in Exercise Huron Resolve 2016
During Exercise Huron Resolve, a number of provincial resources will be deployed or activated to respond to simulated emergency scenarios being played out in the communities involved.
Key Provincial Participants
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM)
OFMEM is a division of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Through effective partnerships, it leads the coordination, development and implementation of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategies to maximize the safety of Ontarians.
Provincial Emergency Operations Centre
Located in Toronto and staffed around the clock by OFMEM personnel, the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) continuously monitors emerging and ongoing situations inside and outside of Ontario. This ensures key decision makers are able to respond quickly and ensure the appropriate provincial resources are allocated.
Staff in the PEOC coordinate Ontario's response to major emergencies. This includes providing a single point of contact for municipalities and First Nations seeking provincial emergency assistance.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
The MOHLTC coordinates health sector operations during a radiological/nuclear emergency, which may include: issuing decisions on the administration of Potassium Iodide (KI), providing support and advice on public health and health services at reception and evacuation centres, medical care of exposed and/or contaminated persons, the implementation of precautionary and protective measures and provision of health-related scientific and technical advice.
MOHLTC has developed the Radiation Health Response Plan which is designed to guide health sector planning at provincial and local levels.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC)
Reports of nuclear events are reported to MOECC's 24-7 Spills Action Centre (SAC) and immediately passed on to the PEOC. MOECC may deploy subject matter experts to the PEOC and provide environmental technical assistance, including meteorological, hydrological and forecasting support if requested. When required, field response occurs by environmental officers at the local district offices who will work with Ministry of Labour and Health Canada on various types of sampling, such as surface water. MOECC will implement water control measures in consultation with the Local Medical Officer(s) of Health and drinking water system operators.
The Ministry of Labour's (MOL) Radiation Protection Services
The Radiation Protection Monitoring Service (RMPS) is part of the Radiation Protection Services, Specialized Professional Services, Operations Division of the MOL. It is the only provincial radio-analytical laboratory in Ontario and monitors the environment around nuclear installations within the province to ensure that exposure to radiation received by workers and the general population is as low as reasonably achievable. In addition, they are licensed under the MOECC to provide radio-analytical measurements of potable water.
The RPMS Radiation Protection Field Service (RPFS) is also a part of the Radiation Protection Services and enforces the Regulation Respecting X-ray Safety made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The RPFS enforces occupational radiation safety hazards such as x-ray, non-ionizing and nuclear energy, and monitor Emergency Workers Centres.