Emergency response exercises at Pearson airport over the weekend (PHOTOS)

Jun 5 2017, 4:35 pm

Over 300 people volunteered to take part in a massive mock emergency exercise at Toronto’s Pearson Airport on Saturday.

According to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), the drill took place at the airport between 2 and 4 am in several locations including Terminal 1.

The weekend’s drill involved an explosion on airport property, and emergency response and evacuation exercises. The GTAA partnered with Peel Regional Police, Peel Regional Paramedic Services, Mississauga Fire, Transport Canada, Canadian Border Services Agency, US Customs and Border Protection and Air Canada to complete the drill.

Throughout the exercise, alarms were heard and theatrical smoke was visible.

The GTAA runs one full scale and one tabletop exercise per year to test protocols, procedures, communications and planning for emergency and/or security related incidents, according to a press release.

With more than 44 million passengers flying through Pearson in 2016, the airport is Canada’s largest and second busiest international airport in North America.

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