Bruce Power prepared

Sunday morning’s emergency alert about the Pickering nuclear plant had many people in Midwestern Ontario thinking about what would happen if there was an emergency at Bruce Power.

Director of Corporate Communications John Peevers said one of their best defences is the CANDU design with its built-in layers of safety but they don’t simply rely on that.

“We have a world-class emergency preparedness group that is 400 plus firefighters, first responders,” said Peevers.

They also their own facilities for training firefighters that they open to municipal volunteer firefighters for training so that they are prepared.

“Several years ago we opened a new state-of-the-art fire training centre that we train on all the time,” said Peevers. “And we also work with our local municipal mutual aid partners to have them train there as well.”

As for notifying residents, Peevers says Bruce Power is continuing to look at ways to use technology to keep the public informed in the unlikely event of an incident.

“We’ve got our sirens that would sound in the unlikely event that something happened. Kincardine has a phone-out capability to contact residents in close proximity to the site. We’ve also issued those people with Alert FMs, recognizing that not everyone has a land-line anymore.”

Peevers said the Alert FMs are in every household within a 10km radius of the site and the Municipality of Kincardine has the ability to broadcast messages on any type of emergency, not just nuclear.

Each municipality and Bruce Power itself have emergency preparedness plans in place. Bruce Power has taken that one step further in setting up a website with information on a number of different emergency scenarios, not just a nuclear event.

-With files from Steve Sabourin