Working together to be ready

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A well-prepared response team can make all the difference when it comes to emergency measures. That’s why members of the Windsor Mill brigade and the Windsor area intermunicipal fire department carried out a joint simulation at the mill last September 23.

The activity, an annual event, is aimed at fine-tuning response techniques between the various first responder groups in order to improve the degree of preparedness and increase efficiency in case of disaster. In all, 15 members of the Domtar brigade, 17 firefighters from the intermunicipal fire department and three ambulance attendants took part in the simulation.

This year, the simulation scenario required the use of a ladder truck from the intermunicipal fire department in an industrial environment like ours. The exercise familiarized external responders with the mill environment and gave members of both organizations the chance to work as a team and share expertise.

In the pursuit of continuous improvement, a feedback process identified the positive aspects of the exercise, and areas where our preparedness can be improved.

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