Residents shouldn't be alarmed.
Emergency responders are preparing for a mock disaster exercise conducted by TransCanada. Today's exercise will be taking place in the morning and early afternoon at TransCanada's Pipeline compressor station on Veteran's Drive.
The simulation allows the company to practice skills and communication protocols in case an incident involving a pipeline were to happen. TransCanada noted that it's also a great opportunity to work closely with local emergency services.
“This is a great opportunity to work with TransCanada and other agencies to test our response plans and ensure we are prepared,” said Fire Captain Larry Cottam, a 27-year veteran with The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Service. “It’s all about collaborating to refine and improve our procedures,” he said in a prepared release.
Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield noted that the planning process for the exercise started weeks ago. Canfield spoke about the reason behind the exercise.
“They do it in different parts of the country each year in case something ever did happen, like a pipeline break. It's to make sure that if anything ever did happen, that we're prepared for it,” he said.
TransCanada notes that there won't be any disruption to traffic, or any sudden noises in the area. Although, there will be an increased number of emergency responders in the area.
There will be no public access to the emergency site.