Officials pull in responders from outside city for event
Emergency crews will be brought in from other cities to meet demand during Canada Day weekend as hundreds of thousands flood into Ottawa.
Anthony Dimonte, general manager for Emergency and Protective Services, shared security details to a city committee Thursday.
The city expects 500,000 people in the core for Canada Day celebrations. Planning for large-scale events like Canada Day requires co-ordination between a number of services, including the city’s emergency operations centre, police, fire and paramedics services, OPP, RCMP, OC Transpo, and traffic management, among others.
On Thursday, Dimonte said Ottawa will contract paramedics from other jurisdictions to ensure coverage outside the core in Ottawa’s rural communities.
“We’re ensuring those that are on our borders, we’re not tapping into them. We’re actually leapfrogging them and looking at municipalities further out,” he said, including Kingston.
Dimonte added the city will have a medical team set up downtown to limit the strain on hospitals.
“It’s a big tent you can set up close-by that can take care of up to 40 patients with doctors and nurses,” he said. “They’ll be able to handle a lot of the load that won’t have to go into the hospitals.”
There will be more police and security measures this year.
“All things that are lessons learned, as a result of what’s been happening in the world,” he said.
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