Emergency Exercise at Billy Bishop

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 4:13 p.m. October 31, 2017

Officers from 14 Division and a member from the Intelligence Unit completed a full security safety exercise at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on October 21.

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Toronto Fire and Police liaise on the tarmac during the emergency scenario
  • A firefighter speaks to two police officers
  • A group of people in a hangar
  • Men in TPS uniform near a plane
  • A group of firefighters huddle near a plane

Detective Kevin Cote of the 14 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) was among eight officers who took part in the late-night drill.

“The exercise was about communication and co-operation among Billy Bishop fire and security personnel and all of the responding emergency services from the mainland,” he said. “It was a fantastic learning experience for all the agencies involved.

“In particular, we were able to share with organizers the roles, responsibilities and limitations of the first officers on scene and that there may be some time between Primary Response Officers and Community Response Officers arriving and the arrival of specialty units like the Emergency Task Force.”

Toronto Fire Services Emergency Response & Planning Manager Robert Comeau said the officers displayed outstanding support and professionalism during the full-scale security exercise.

“Every exercise, we saw continued improvement with process and communication,” he said. “It was the first time we completed a full-scale security exercise at the airport.”

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