Emergency Disaster Services Team Assists with Rail Emergency Response Training & Real Emergency

by The Salvation Army in Canada

From August 5-9, 2014 The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team from London assisted with Rail Emergency Response Training in partnership with the City of London, CN/CP Rail, the Railway Association of Canada, and members of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.

The multi-day awareness training provided participants with an understanding of hazardous material and dangerous goods rail emergencies.  EDS team members served break at the local rail yard twice each day for those participating in the training.  Lunch was also provided for instructors of the training sessions.

On the final day of the exercise, the EDS team was called to assist at a real emergency.  A fire had caused the evacuation of an apartment building as well as a building next door.  The EDS team was deployed and provided drinks and snack at the fire scene for displaced residents and first responders.

The team was then dispatched to provide support at the reception centre including lunch & supper, drinks, snacks, hygiene kits, blankets, pillows, towels and clothing for those who were evacuated. In the days following, The Salvation Army acted as an enquiry line as well as continued to provide support to those displaced.

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