On Feb 25 & 26 30 of our Trochu Valley Students were the Victims in an emergency Trochu Mall (the Old Pontmain School Building) parking structure collapse, Over 100 rescue personnel including Doctors, Paramedics, Structural Engineers, Communication Specialists,Canine & Technical Searchers, Logistics and Command Staff with the Canada Task Force ere on hand to oversee the "resuce" of the victims. Also involved were the Kneehill Regional Emergency Management Team.
Students Account of Mock Disaster Exercise (Feb 25 & 26)
Cool. The whole experience of the event was cool. Whether it was freezing on the concrete floors, or seeing the awesomeness of the rescue teams. After getting all of our personal protection equipment we were sent through to the imaginary mall entrance. Acting out our parts we were encouraged to make the experience as realistic as possible. It was admirable to see the rescuers deal with our characters as we pretended to be hysteric difficult swearing people. We were able to see people working to break through concrete wall, and send rescue dogs through tiny holes in the walls. It was great to be able to see the teams in action and really get a realistic experience of the work that they do. The best part of the event was definitely seeing the team in full action working in the parkade saving everyone while only having small pathways to travel. It was really fun to be pretend to be trapped in an elevator and making tally marks for the hours that we had been trapped when we were really just in a closet that was blocked by a car. After being saved by the crew and being taken to a medical tent, we were able to watch the parkade from the stage.
(P.S. We were offered blankets for the cold while being rescued :P)
Andrew Buckman & Mitchell McRae
TroVal Students Participating in the Mock Disaster
Maggie Adolf, Mackenzie Anderson, Erin Benedict, Andrew Buckman, Danielle Buckman, Delaney Campbell, Chloe Cheshire, Shaylee Daniels, Jamie Doyle, Jared Doyle, Danielle Forsberg, Joel Frere, Jessica Hoppins, Michelle Hoppins, Tomi-Lyn Howard, Shane Issler, Makenna Lemay, Kevin Liang, Jenny Lyver, Mitchell McRae, Christian Matriz, Theresa Meehan, Tessa Newton, Carter Pennock, Tamryn Schmidt, Jesse Sinclair, Serenity Somers, Jordan Stankievech, Brooke Tindal, Evan Vokins, Levon Vokins, Lee-Ann Wahl
These students were the victims in the ‘Trochu Mall Collapse’. We have been told that they all played their roles very realistically and were a huge asset to this important emergency exercise.