On Thursday, May 23rd, the City of Kimberley will host an emergency exercise to train its various emergency response teams as Jim Ogilvie Way will be closed to regular traffic from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to accommodate for the event.
The exercise will simulate a rolled over bus along with multiple injuries, leading to a fully-staffed departmental emergency operations centre and coordination with School District No. 6.
Rick Prasad, City of Kimberley Fire Chief, told Summit 107 the mock disaster is important to make sure their teams work well with each other in case of a real disaster.
"Emergency services are really good at dealing with things that are small and isolated, we do it every day on our own. There are always challenges when you have agencies that work with other agencies just in communications and safe work principals," explained Prasad. "All of that has to come together so that the scene is run effectively. This is a good opportunity for us just to make sure we're all on the same page when we attend these kinds of incidents."
Training events like this occur once every two years or so, said Prasad, with an annual training exercise in a classroom setting as well.
Mock events, like the one the City of Kimberley is planning, will also help the various teams identify any possible gaps in their systems they may have, he added.
Prasad urged the public to be aware of the event in the area and take the necessary precautions.
"It is an exercise, we do ask they stay a safe distance if they're walking by just to make sure they don't become part of what's happening."
The City of Kimberley and the Kimberly Fire Department will be putting out additional information on where barricades will be placed and other important notices about the event in the coming days leading up to May 23rd.
Audio: Rick Prasad, City of Kimberley Fire Chief