Windsor

Windsor scene of emergency, terrorism training

Emergency response teams are gearing up for possible terrorist attacks and natural disasters as part of an intensive training exercise taking place in Windsor, Ont., this week.

Emergency response teams are gearing up for possible terrorist attacks and natural disasters as part of a major training exercise taking place in Windsor, Ont., this week.

The three-day Exercise Central Gateway is underway in the area, involving the City of Windsor, provincial and federal agencies, U.S. Homeland Security out of Detroit, the County of Essex and surrounding municipalities.

Phil Berthiaume, the emergency management co-ordinator for Essex County, said the aim of the annual exercise was to have police services, fire departments and other agencies brush up on their emergency response and management.

A series of escalating criminal-activity and domestic-terrorism scenarios will play out to test different entities that signed up for the drills.

"It involves a criminal activity and a terrorist threat to our border. That type of scenario," he said.

Still, ordinary residents probably wouldn't notice the disaster role-playing, Berthiaume said.

"There's a series of [field events] taking place across the region over the next three days, in out-of-the-way areas that the public really won't be inconvenienced or notice what's happening."