Point Fortin Successfully Simulates Disaster Management Drill
November 2, 2017: The Disaster Management Unit of the Point Fortin Borough Corporation under the guidance of Senior Disaster Coordinator at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Mr. Rishi Siew, held a disaster simulation last night at the Corner of G’ Street and Fanny Village Main Road, Point Fortin.
Residents were informed of the drill procedures via public announcements on the previous day as well as two hours prior to the exercise, which commenced at 6:50pm. However, some commuters in the Point Fortin Borough may have been alarmed to see what appeared to be a capsized fuel tanker, blocking the roadway. They were quickly informed by participating Borough Corporation personnel that it was a drill. This was done to test the response mechanism in the Borough especially with regard to command and control; and medical, emergency, fire and police response. According to Mr. Siew, “This exercise involved role play by the Disaster Management Unit and collaboration with all first response agencies, with the aim of better serving the public. We planned and executed a simulation that took into context, the unique characteristics of the Borough, it being an industrial centre.”
Minister Kazim Hosein commended the Point Fortin Disaster Management Unit and all supporting agencies and staff for a job well done, saying, “The teams were very efficient as the whole exercise was concluded in one hour, with minimal disruption to residents. It gave everyone an opportunity to perform and practice their role, and this is part of the Ministry’s ongoing efforts to test response mechanisms so we can step in and assist the burgesses of the country in times of need as effectively as possible. We would like to thank Lease Operator Limited for the voluntary use of their tanker in this simulation, and truly appreciate the support of corporate Trinidad as we continue working on improving our first response.”