Media Advisory - Media invited to observe Government of Canada train derailment exercise

LÉVIS, QC, Feb. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - Media are invited to participate in a guided tour of Exercise Athéna, which will include a simulated train derailment where participants will be faced with an actual fire using a replicated railcar prop, and a simulated virtual derailment tool developed specifically for this exercise.

Exercise Athéna, hosted by Transport Canada, and Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Science, will bring together federal experts, first responders, rail operators, and specialized industry responders in order to improve Canada's response capabilities in the event of an incident involving a train carrying flammable liquids, such as crude oil.

Date: February 26th, 2017     

Time: 1:15 p.m. (Eastern Time)        


Institute Maritime du Québec
2965 rue de l'Etchemin
Lévis, QC 
G6W 7X5

Notes for media:

Media is asked to report to reception at the main building at 1:00 p.m. to sign in. There is parking at the front of the building.

You will be required to show media credentials to access the site.

Please RSVP by 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24th, 2017, to Marko Maksimovic:


SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055

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