A member of the Wildfire Management Branch runs structural protection lines for the BC Hydro sub station on York Road during a simulated wildfire training scenario in 2013. Another multi-agency wildfire scenario will be staged again this Sunday in the Oyster River area.

Oyster River fire rescue to stage mock wildfire crisis near Campbell River

Exercise part of a multi-agency course on responding to wildfire incident

Oyster River Fire Rescue will be testing its mettle this weekend in a mock exercise so that they’ll be prepared in the event of a real wildfire in the area.

On Sunday (June 25), between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Comox Valley and Strathcona regional district’s emergency programs, as well as Oyster River fire crews, will conduct a functional multi-agency wildland/urban interface exercise in the Pinecrest Road, Doyle Road, Macaulay Road and Sarmma Road areas.

This event prepares emergency teams to respond effectively to a large scale incident affecting both jurisdictions.

The exercise involves staging an actual incident, as well as a reception centre for residents who will be voluntarily evacuated from their homes.

Agencies include the Wildfire Management Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, B.C. Ambulance, Campbell River Search and Rescue, Comox Valley Search and Rescue, Emergency Support Services, RCMP, local governments, Emergency Communications Teams and a large contingency of fire departments from all over the Island.