Edmonton’s first responders came together yesterday to deal with a chemical attack on an LRT train, which was thankfully only an exercise.
Fire crews, police officer and ambulance workers responded to the mock disaster simulating an intentional chemical attack with the goal of being prepared should the real thing ever strike the city.
“We have three different agencies responding to one event. We have to train together if we are going to respond together,” said acting Edmonton Police Sgt. Steve Maertens-Poole.
The 60 volunteers were walked off of the train and taken through a rough decontamination shower, before being triaged and treated.
Maertens-Poole said training events always have some grounding in real life and in this case a pipe bomb was found in the late 1990’s that had chemicals attached.
“That is why we are committed to training so that if something like this does happen we are able to respond in a professional manner,” he said.
Maertens-Poole said each agency set targets for the training operation and information on their performance will be released later this week.
After the victims were cleared, hazmat crews from the fire department descended on the train and police gathered witnesses statements and evidence.
An attack like this one is a real possibility and first responders need to be ready for them.
“We have to be prepared at any time. We are not exempt to the attacks we see south of us. We have to be on our game at all times,” said Edmonton Fire district Chief Pat Martin.