May 05, 2015 - 1:01 PM
KAMLOOPS - RCMP and administrators at Thompson Rivers University are advising students, staff members and the public there will be a full-scale live emergency operation scenario on campus Thursday, May 14.
Cpl. Cheryl Bush, a spokesperson for the Kamloops RCMP, said university staff and police spent two years planning the 13-hour exercise scenario which will test agency and campus readiness during an emergency. No details on the scenario were provided by Bush to keep the event realistic.
RCMP, university emergency operations staff, Kamloops Fire Rescue, B.C. Ambulance Service along with local representatives from Interior Health and the City of Kamloops are expected to make up the over 400 involved with the event.
“This use of resources will not interfere with our daily police operations as there will be the usual compliment of officers working for the day who will not be impacted by the exercise,” she says.
The scenario will begin at 7 a.m. and is expected to conclude around 8 p.m. that evening.
Classes will continue as normal for students and staff while the event progresses. The Clock Tower area of campus will be the primary site of the exercise, which will close off the east end of campus.
Vehicle traffic and pedestrian access from Summit Drive and McGill Road access points will be blocked. Dalhousie Drive and Hillside Drive access roads will be open to the public.
Emergency drills are held at different venues regularly in the city. In recent years Kinder Morgan conducted an oil spill drill, volunteer firefighters took part in a mock interface fire and the hospital took part in a 'code orange' drill based around a massive train derailment.
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