Bruce Power will test its emergency services capabilities during ‘Exercise Huron Resolve,’ which runs Oct. 3-7 across the region.
Bruce Power, with assistance from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, will test its Emergency Response Organization (ERO) by simulating a multi-unit scenario that will require interaction between almost 500 people from about 30 municipal, provincial and federal organizations, which will also test their emergency programs during Huron Resolve.
During the five-day drill, area residents may see emergency vehicles, aircraft and personnel responding to simulated emergencies at various sites, including buildings, roads and other key locations.
“Since being formed in 2001, Bruce Power has continuously improved its emergency response capabilities through lessons learned from inside and outside the nuclear industry,” said Brian Hilbers, Bruce Power’s Chief Legal Officer and Vice President, Emergency Management. “Dozens of times a year our Emergency Response Organization – of which there are hundreds of members, and is widely considered a world-leader in the nuclear industry – undergo real-time drills that test us to the greatest of our abilities. Another benefit of a scenario like Huron Resolve is that it allows us to interact with partners external to Bruce Power who would also play a major role in ensuring public safety in the unlikely situation of a real emergency on our site.”
Observed and evaluated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Huron Resolve will put Bruce Power’s ERO to the test, as it will feature a scenario where multiple units in its four-unit stations will be impacted. Though it’s highly unlikely a real-life situation could escalate to this point, practicing every scenario imaginable is considered an opportunity for a learning organization such as Bruce Power, Hilbers added.
The Hon. David Orazietti, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, said Ontario must always be ready to respond to natural and man-made disasters to effectively minimize their impact and ensure the safety of families and communities.
“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,” Minister Orazietti said.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario, is home to eight CANDU reactors. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Trust Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.
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