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August 26, 2002
City Emergency Services to participate in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear training
Works and Emergency Services - A team of 25 people representing
Toronto Police Service, Toronto Emergency Medical Services, Toronto Fire
Services and Toronto Public Health will become the first entirely civilian team
to be trained by the military to respond to chemical, biological, radiological
and nuclear incidents. The training will take place at the Canadian Forces Base
in Suffield, Alberta, from August 26 to 30.

The team's training includes search and rescue, medical procedures,
decontamination and mitigation techniques. The group will look at a variety of
scenarios that could occur in a major municipality.

During their training sessions, the team members will also complete training
with a "live agent" under controlled conditions to determine proper use of
equipment and other procedures to ensure the safety of the public in the event
of an occurrence.

"This training will give Toronto's police, fire, emergency medical and public
health staff a first-hand opportunity to learn the best practices and
techniques in dealing with a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear
agent," said Warren Leonard, Manager, Toronto Office of Emergency Management.
"This group, some of whom have worked together since 2000 on various
initiatives, is an excellent example of what can be achieved when different
organizations work together toward a common goal."

When the team returns from Alberta, some members will help train others of
their respective organizations on chemical, biological, radiological and
nuclear response activities.

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Suffield is the only North
American location where training of this nature occurs. Many scientists, who
are considered among the world leaders in chemical, biological, radiological
and nuclear research and development, work at this location.

Media Contact
Warren Leonard,
Manager, Emergency Planning, Works and Emergency Services,



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