Media Advisory - Sunnybrook EMAT joins Centennial College's disaster simulation to test first-responder services

TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - Are Ontario's emergency first responders, hospitals and social services prepared for two mass casualty events involving a subway collision and a perpetrator with a semi-automatic weapon?

On Thursday, February 18, students from several academic programs will participate in a vivid simulation exercise testing the ability of first responders, hospital staff and college students to deal with a fictitious subway accident and a mass shooting that could potentially overwhelm community and hospital resources.

The simulation, organized and hosted by Centennial College, is intended to provide the opportunity for students to work with professionals in health care, emergency response and community wellbeing as they manage the patient load, family reunification and critical needs resulting from two mass casualty incidents.

For the first time the province's Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT), operated by the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, will set up a mobile field unit at Centennial's Morningside Campus. Comprised of on-call physicians, nurses and medical specialists, it will function as a staging and triage base for the evaluation and management of patients.

Simulation participants include medical staff and administrators from Sunnybrook, Scarborough, Michael Garron (TEGH), St. Joseph's, Humber River, Markham Stouffville, Southlake Regional, Cambridge Memorial, Credit Valley, Guelph General and Hamilton General hospitals, as well as professionals from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, Criticall Ontario, Toronto Fire Service and Office of the Fire Marshall & Emergency Management.

Among the 500 volunteers will be Centennial College students, who will don realistic make-up and role play, as well as work as non-urgent clinic personnel. Centennial offers programs in pre-service firefighter, paramedic, nursing, police foundations and social service worker, among many other disciplines.

Media are invited to witness the simulation and speak with participants.


Thursday, February 18


10 am to 2 pm (live exercise)


Centennial College, Morningside Campus, Scarborough

755 Morningside Avenue (at Ellesmere, 1 km south of Hwy 401)



SOURCE Centennial College

For further information: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College, 416-289-5000, ext. 7142 or 416-605-6012,


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