PORT HAWKESBURY: A mass casualty exercise was held in the town last week to test the capabilities of local first responders.
Port Hawkesbury Volunteer Fire Department chief and Town of Port Hawkesbury Emergency Management coordinator Curtis Doucette explained the simulation was organized by the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW).
“It was to make sure [Emergency Health Services] is prepared for mass casualties,” Doucette explained.
The exercise also involved the Town of Port Hawkesbury, the NSCC Strait Area Campus, the Emergency Management Office (EMO) for Nova Scotia, Emergency Health Services (EHS), volunteer fire departments from Port Hawkesbury, Port Hastings and West Bay Road, as well as the RCMP.
The simulation took place on October 4 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at MacIsaac Memorial Arena on Reynolds Street in Port Hawkesbury.
“It was a great exercise to practice this,” Doucette said. “It was a benefit to all emergency responders.”
The simulation started with a mass casualty call at the old arena, to which volunteer fire departments responded and identified the injured, then turned them over to EHS. The RCMP assisted with traffic and crowd control, while EMO and DHW took command of the scene.
Doucette added that the event was a success.
“From what I hear, from all the players, everything went well.”