The OPP will conduct a training exercise code named “Grizzly” at Georgian College in Orillia next week.
Grizzly will take place on June 27, 2017 The activity will involve community partners such as Orillia OPP, Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), Central Region In-Service Training (IST), Simcoe County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Orillia Fire and Georgian College staff and students.
It is a simulated active threat designed to test the training of emergency services and school staff. In addition to testing the training, the exercise will ai d in:
- Testing and validating existing plans, procedures, training, equipment and interagency communication;
- Improving interagency response, coordination and operation;
- Identifying gaps in training, resources and procedures as well as identify areas for improvement;
- Improving individual, organizational and community performance through practice; and
- Demonstrating community and organizational resolve to adequately prepare for, and respond to emergencies of all types.
In the fall of 2016, members of Orillia OPP Detachment attended school board protocol training together with local emergency services and support agencies. All Ontario schools are required to complete lockdown drills twice a nnually, as mandated by the Safe Schools Act. Officers receive yearly instruction on Immediate Rapid Deployment (IRD) at the OPP In-Service Training (IST). The Emergency Service partners train in various situations with multiple casualties and scene management. Operation “Grizzly” is a unique opportunity for these groups to train together. The exercise will focus on prevention of school violence and ensuring an effective, collaborative response in the event of a real threat.