Se­cu­rity de­tails

Of­fi­cials pull in re­spon­ders from out­side city for event

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Ottawa - Alex ab­del­wa­hab

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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