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The Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) presents its Professional Development (PD) Workshop #14 this w...

The Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) presents its Professional Development (PD) Workshop #14 this week!

Thursday September 27, 2007 ~ 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration & Breakfast Opens 8:00 a.m.

Major FA Tilston VC Armoury & Police Training Centre, 4007 Sandwich St, Windsor, ON

Event Includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch & Refreshment Breaks; Members $40; Non-Members $115

Cross Border Regional Preparedness: Building Relationships before the Disaster

Know the Players Foster the Relationships Exercise the Plan

This OAEM PD Workshop has an underlying theme, examining the need, players, and process for building cross borders relations whether across organizations, municipalities, regions or countries in order to ensure effective emergency plans and joint critical infrastructure. The aim of one such initiative is to form a regional planning group on emergency and disaster planning for Southwestern Ontario and Southeastern Michigan. Session participants are aware of the goal and will inform on the issues, including traffic flow and protection, along with future planning of redundancy that we don’t presently have with the border crossing.

Workshop Highlights

Building Regional & International Cross Border Emergency Management Programs

Presented by Phillip Berthiaume, Emergency Manager, County of Essex

County of Essex Emergency Manager and a former commanding officer of the Essex-Kent Scottish, Phillip Berthiaume has extensive experience in the field of emergency management. He will brief workshop participants on the structure and history of the Joint Training Facility Project, how it has been a significant part of emergency planning in the region, and provide an overview to the Regional Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) Working Group process and relationship (planning, exercises, relationships, developments).

Behind the Scenes: Tour of Windsor Police Service & DND Joint Training Centre

Presented by representatives of Windsor Police Service and/or Department of National Defence

Workshop participants will break into smaller groups for a personal guided tour and look behind the scenes of the joint training centre for the Windsor Police Service (WPS) and the federal governments Department of National Defence (DND), the Major FA Tilston VC Armoury & Police Training Centre. Opened in 2004, through a first-of-its kind in Canada partnership with the DND, the new facility relocated the Armoury from the downtown and became a comprehensive joint training facility for police and military. The facility includes an indoor, outdoor shooting range; dog unit; repel tower; close quarter battle house (CQB); parade square; offers standard and theatre style class rooms with a capacity of 30 to 100 also available to the community; and kitchen facilities.

“Exercise Safe School”

Presented by Sergeant Robert Fleming, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Tecumseh Detachment

Sergeant Fleming will present on what was the first school shooting exercise for the OPP in Ontario. Exercise Safe School took place at the French Immersion High School in the Town of Tecumseh on May 9, 2007. The first of its kind in Ontario, the exercise involved the participation of many stakeholders, including Essex-Windsor EMS and Tecumseh Fire Department, and built up relationships both locally and with some of the Michigan/Detroit Police Departments. Emergency managers, first responders, healthcare providers, schools, and government officials of all levels will find this presentation of particular interest and use in their planning.

Building Health Care Relationships, Locally & Across Borders: Presentation & Panel Discussion

Presented by Elsie Galbraith, Trauma Services Coordinator, Htel-Dieu Grace Hospital Windsor, Dr Allen Heimann, Medical Officer of Health, Windsor-Essex County (formally with DND Medical Corps), Cara Seguin, Trauma Coordinator, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, TBC Dr Jenny Atas, Detroit Receiving Hospital

Cross border EM programs and contingency plans form the foundation for communications, coordination, support, and assistance in the event of an emergency involving international boundaries. Hear about regional cross border relationships and emergency planning between our local hospitals on both sides of the border, past exercises, shared health/prevention and medical planning groups such as the Great Lakes Heath Initiative, and what can be achieved in the future. Speakers will present on the inter-relationships of major hospitals and medical groups, joint exercises, and future relationship building taking place already that will facilitate disaster and emergency response. There is interest in forming a regional planning group, similar to Niagara Region/Erie County/Niagara County (New York State) cross border planning group, a recognized model for Cross-Border Emergency Management at the local level.

Critical Infrastructure (CI) Assurance: Ambassador Bridge. Presentation & Roundtable Discussion

Presented by Skip McMahon, Canadian Transit Company, Inspector Kurt Mason, Windsor Police Service, Inspector Richard Derus, OPP, Essex Detachment, and additional representatives TBC

The southern most metropolitan city in Canada and the third most diverse city after Toronto, ON and Vancouver, BC, the City of Windsor lies at the western end of the heavily populated Quebec City-Windsor Corridor and is the second largest city in SW Ontario with a population of about 217,000. The Ambassador Bridge, North America’s #1 international border crossing in terms of goods volume, and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel link Windsor to the US; 28% of all trade between Canada and the US crosses at the Ambassador Bridge, which represents about $400 million dollars daily. This session addresses key CI Ambassador Bridge, Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, CP Rail Tunnel, surrounding traffic feeds and examine planning, in particular for the Ambassador. Presenters will speak on the Bridge, traffic flow, security, future plans; emergency plans for traffic interruption at the Windsor/Detroit crossings; and planning for traffic flow in a disaster. Still TBC, Lieutenant Donald Johnson, Detroit Police/Homeland Security Division; Lieutenant Chris Kelenske, Michigan State Police, and a rep from Blue Water Bridge. Other key CI reps have been confirmed with more to follow as presenters and roundtable discussion participants (such as Canada Customs & Immigration, Ontario Trucking Association, CP Rail).

OAEM Professional Development Workshops

The challenges facing todays emergency managers are continually growing, the stakes escalating. As recent events have shown, the need has never been greater for all sectors emergency managers, first responders, medical services, public health, government, business, industry, community, and volunteer organizations to come together in order to build relationships, determine needs, share best practices, explore new models, and learn from each other how to effectively deal with the wide variety of components and issues. OAEM professional development workshops are the ideal opportunity to meet this challenge, address issues, learn, share experience, and network among emergency management professionals from across Ontario and beyond borders.

Workshop Details

Facilitator: Dan Metcalfe, Chair, OAEM Professional Development Committee

Panel Moderator: Sean Bertleff, Program Manager, Emergency Management, Regional Municipality of Niagara

Sponsors: Windsor Police Service, Comprehensive Training Centre, Canadian Department of National Defence (DND)

Host/Venue: Major FA Tilston VC Armoury & Police Training Centre, 4007 Sandwich St (and Prince Rd, just west of the Ambassador Bridge), Windsor, ON N9A 6N4; 519-971-7301

Fully Accessible: Parking, Automatic Entrance, Washr

Directions: www.mapquest.ca

Maps: http://windsoressex.cioc.ca/details.asp?RSN=4582; www.mapquest.ca; and/or www.oaem.ca

Parking: Available on s
ite (no charge, at either venue or Holiday Inn Select)

Refreshments: Pre-Workshop Continental Breakfast, Lunch & Refreshment Breaks supplied onsite

Registration: Online option available to Members at www.oaem.ca/members; otherwise email registration2007@oaem.ca or call Communications at 416-293-2393 or 416-720-6637 (cell). Please register early, to facilitate arrangement numbers and avoid delays on the day of the Workshop. Advance registration is encouraged, since space is limited.

Workshop Fee: Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Refreshment Breaks; Members $40; Non-Members $115 (includes OAEM Individual Membership). Forward your cheque or money order payable to: Ontario Association of Emergency Managers, 2150 Burnhamthorpe Road West, PO Box 67043, Mississauga, ON, L5L 5V4. Credit card payment option available to Members online at www.oaem.ca/members. Cash accepted at the door with pre-registration

Accommodations: There are a number of choices available, just a short drive away:

Holiday Inn Select Windsor (Ambassador Bridge), 1855 Huron Church Road, Windsor, ON N9C 2L6; Front Desk: 519-966-1200; Hotel Reservations: 1-800-HOLIDAY (465-4329); info@his-windsor.com; www.holiday-inn-windsor.com. Quote “OEM”, to receive special discounted OAEM room rate of $99 a night.

Ramada Plaza & Suites Windsor, 430 Ouellette Av (and Park St), Windsor, ON N9A 1B2 519-256-4656; Reservations 1-800-272-6232; stay@ramadawindsor.com; www.ramada.com

Days Inn Windsor, 675 Goyeau St, Windsor N9A 1H3 519-258-8411 or 1-866-454-6444. 1-800-329-7466; info@daysinnwindsor.com; www.daysinn.com

Comfort Suites Downtown, 500 Tuscarora Rd E, Windsor N9A 3M2; 519-971-0505; Reservations 1-877-424-6423; hotelhelp@choicehotels.com; www.comfortsuites.com

Canadian Hotel Guide Reservations, (according to their website, mention “Promo Code 5072” for best rates) 1-800-359-6279; www.canadianhotelguide.com/about.html

For additional alternatives, check out www.mapquest.com or www.canadahotelfinder.com

We look forward to seeing you in Windsor!

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