Exercise Target Red - Held June 11th 2014

Many thanks to the over 50 people who participated in Exercise Target Red at the JIBC Simulation Centre yesterday! The communities of Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam were fully immersed in the exercise which involved an Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incident (MCI). The exercise did not include operational nor tactical considerations but rather focused on reducing the psychosocial impacts of such an event on casualties, witnesses, families and friends and first responders.

At 0830h, following a brief orientation, the participants watched the inaugural viewing of the SIMTEC training video on the Psychosocial considerations of MCIs which included audio-visual clips by first responders, rescuers and casualties, a psychologist, victim services and a crown prosecuter.

By 0900h the exercise was in full-swing and it ended at noon, followed by lunch, focus groups and full-group debriefing. The preliminary results are very positive and participants identified many learning or take away points. Now the hard work of data transciption, analysis and writing begins.

Many thanks to the members of our Exercise Target Red Expert Working Group who volunteered their time to help us develop the exercise and came to provide us with feedback the day of the exercise. Thanks also to the JIBC staff who provided us with IT support to ensure the day would run smoothly; who helped film and create the training video; who developed the exercise and the inputs for the exercise; and ran the exercise for us; and to our HR Director who simulated the "Denton" Elected Official.

The researchers did a great job as usual. Many thanks to the community participants; all those who agreed to contribute to the video and to CKNW and Burnaby NOW for providing us with the media participation during the exercise!

We hope to have our initial results completed by the end of the summer and will post them as they are available.

Cheers
Laurie

Acknowledgements

This project received funding from the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP), a federal program led by Defence Research and Development Canada, in partnership with Public Safety Canada.

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