Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Joint Emergency Operations Exercise Announced

September 27, 2011


September 27, 2011 #11-24

For further information, call

Ceri Marlo 604-463-5221

Brad Perrie 604-465-2412

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Joint Emergency Operations Exercise Announced

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows: On October 4 and 5, 2011, the District of Maple Ridge and the City of Pitt Meadows will once again conduct a full Emergency Exercise to test the preparedness of our communities to deal with a large scale incident.

Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin said, "The last time we had to deal with a large scale incident was in the late spring of 2007, when the Fraser River reached levels that threatened to top some of the area dykes and surround properties. At that time our team of First Responders and the technical teams that make up our Emergency Operation Centre demonstrated their capacity to handle these types of incidents with great professionalism. Pitt Meadows Mayor Don MacLean added, "Exercises like this become even more important when we reflect on the disasters in New Zealand and Japan and the recent 6.4 earthquake off the coast of Vancouver Island – training and preparedness are critical."

Ceri Marlo, Manager of Legislative Services & Emergency Program in Maple Ridge, in conjunction with Brad Perrie, Assistant Fire Chief in charge of the Emergency Preparedness Program in Pitt Meadows, have been coordinating the development of the October Exercise with input from the Fire Chiefs, Public Works departments and other local agencies. Marlo added "while the Emergency Operations Centre personnel in both communities have been involved in ongoing training, they do not know the exact nature of the scenario that will be put forward as part of the two-day Exercise. "

Both the City of Pitt Meadows and the District of Maple Ridge maintain a series of pages at and that have information and links to Provincial and Federal resources for Emergency Planning.

Chief Perrie stressed, "The combination of Emergency preparation by citizens, combined with the planning and preparation of Emergency Operations to deal with natural and man-made incidents will ensure that our communities can respond first to threats of the lives of citizens and first responders and transitioning to recovery to restore our lives back to normal as quickly as possible."