Exercise Shipping Blues

Christy Janes
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Town of Lewisporte participates in emergency preparedness activity

LEWISPORTE — An emergency can happen anytime, anywhere. Being prepared in the event of an emergency is crucial to a successful response and positive outcome.

Last Wednesday Central Health set up a Mobile Mini Clinic at the former Lewisporte Wholesalers building to gain experience assembling and dismantling the mobile mini clinic. Central Health also participated in Exercise Shipping Blues held at the Lewisporte Town Hall on the same day. Pictured are (from left) Reverend Bruce Vallis, Central Health representatives Lorraine Squires and Stephanie Dawe.

On March 12 the Town of Lewisporte with the participation of local agencies such as Lewisporte Fire Rescue and Freake’s Ambulance; provincial agencies including Fire and Emergency Services, Service NL, Department of Advanced Education and Skills, Central Health and Health and Community Services and federal agencies including the RCMP, Canadian Coast Guard, Environment Canada, Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian Border Service Agencies, Transport Canada, Canadian Search and Rescue and the Canadian Rangers held the emergency preparedness Exercise Shipping Blues.

The planning for Exercise Shipping Blues was a collective effort among the Town of Lewisporte, Fire and Emergency Services — Newfoundland and Labrador, Joint Task Force Atlantic and Public Safety Canada.

Lewisporte Mayor Brian Sceviour noted that not all agencies were in emergency operations centre located at the Town Hall, but representatives from the Department of Advanced Education and Skills, Red Cross, Canadian Border Service Agencies, RCMP, Central Health and Newfoundland and Labrador Fire Services president Vince Mackenzie were present. Observers from Campbellton and Little Burnt Bay were also present.

Mayor Sceviour said, “The exercise was designed to test not only our emergency plan in Lewisporte but also the emergency plans and communication between the different levels of government.”

In a press release Fire and Emergency Services Minister Steve Kent stated, “Emergency management planning at all levels is extremely important to public safety. It is through exercises such as Shipping Blues that our partners have the opportunity to work together, observe and learn from each other in a safe environment that allows for feedback, familiarizations and most importantly improvement in emergency management plans.”

Organizations: Fire and Emergency Services, RCMP, Canadian Border Service Agencies Department of Advanced Education and Skills Lewisporte Fire Rescue Service NL Central Health and Health and Community Services Canadian Coast Guard Environment Canada Canadian Armed Forces Transport Canada Canadian Search Public Safety Canada Red Cross Newfoundland and Labrador Fire Services Philadelphia Pentecostal Church Trans Canada Highway Mobile Mini Clinic Public Health Agency of Canada

Geographic location: Lewisporte, Little Burnt Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador Campbellton Harvey Street Embree Junction Road

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