October 25, 2004

Emergency exercise to be held November 3rd at the Newmarket Health Centre


NEWMARKET- On Wednesday, November 3rd, the Regional Municipality of York, York Regional Police and Central York Fire Services will be conducting a mock emergency exercise at the Newmarket Health Centre, 194 Eagle Street, Newmarket.
 
Residents should not be alarmed if they see emergency vehicles. This simulation will require participation of local Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services.
 
The exercise is expected to run from approximately 10:00am to 12:00noon. The flow of traffic will not be interrupted on Eagle Street.
 
For more information on Emergency Measures, visit www.york.ca.
 

Backgrounder

 
Emergency Exercise to be held November 3, 2004
at the Newmarket Health Centre
 
• The Regional Municipality of York, York Regional Police and Central York Fire Services maintain active Emergency Measures Plans to be ready in the event of a large-scale emergency.
 
• The purpose of these Emergency Measures Plans is to protect and preserve life and property during times of crisis by providing efficient, co-ordinated emergency services and responsible decision-making.
 
• Emergency exercises and simulations provide an excellent opportunity to test emergency plans, policies and procedures. The exercises allow strengths and deficiencies to be identified in order to determine where improvements can be made.
 
• York Region Health Services, Long Term Care and Seniors Branch, has planned a mock emergency exercise in conjunction with York Region Emergency Medical Services, York Region Emergency Management Program, York Regional Police and Central York Fire Services.
 
• The exercise helps meet the emergency planning standards set by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation.
 
• In the mock scenario, Newmarket Health Centre staff report an unusual smell on one of the facility’s floors during daytime hours. A call is placed to 9-1-1. An evacuation is ordered.
 
• Volunteers will play the roles of residents in the mock emergency. Actual residents will not be involved in the exercise and their routine will not be interrupted.
 
• A similar mock emergency exercise is planned for the Maple Health Centre, 10424 Keele Street on November 24, 2004 from 10:00am to 12:00noon.
 
• The Newmarket and Maple Health Centres are not-for-profit facilities funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and York Region, and operated by York Region Health Services.
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Contact:  Wendy Lewis, York Region Corporate Communication Services
905-830-4444 Ext. 1238
wendy.lewis@york.ca
 
 

 
 
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