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That’s not a space suit, it’s a Haz-Mat suit
Essex Hall was bombarded by police cruisers and fire trucks on Wednesday during an emergency exercise conducted by London Fire Services and campus emergency response teams.

The training exercise was designed to test for an unknown chemical substance in a residence. For approximately five hours, the Hazardous Material and Confined Space team conducted the mock exercise and arrived in full Haz-Mat gear.

“Everytime we complete these exercises, we get that much better at executing them,” said Neil Harvey, emergency preparedness officer for Western’s Fire Safety and Emergency Management department.

The exercise provided the second opportunity in the past five months to test campus security procedures. These exercises have been conducted in an effort to make Western’s campus safer.

“[Wednesday’s] drill tested Western’s ability to coordinate all security procedures and to specifically test two new emergency teams, the Business Continuity Team and the Social Service Team,” Sergeant Mike Mics, manager of Campus Community Police Service, explained.

“The whole disaster plan was successful, but there is always room for improvement,” he added.

The Western campus emergency teams will continue to conduct mock situations frequently.
"Alyssa Gatt

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