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Delta Participates in Ammonia Emergency Response Exercise

Jan 18, 2018

Office of the Mayor


For immediate release – January 18, 2018 

On the morning of Thursday, January 18, 2018, the City of Delta coordinated an interagency emergency response exercise based on a simulated ammonia leak at South Delta Recreation Centre. 

The training exercise provided an opportunity for Delta staff and stakeholders to practice their response and review emergency protocol for the safe evacuation and containment of a chemical leak. Adjacent community groups, schools, and businesses also took part in the exercise by reviewing their own procedures. While the exercise did not require the initiation of an Emergency Operations Centre, it did require communication with first responders at the incident site. 

“We are encouraged by the results of today’s exercise,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “It is our duty to ensure that all safety requirements for Delta facilities are met and that our staff members are as well-prepared as possible to respond to the unlikely event of a similar emergency.” 

Upon initiation, staff began evacuation procedures by instructing building occupants to evacuate to muster stations on the east-side of the South Delta Recreation Centre. Neighbouring schools, businesses, and residences were promptly notified. 

Delta continues to work actively with WorkSafe BC and Technical Safety BC to ensure the safe and effective operation of all facilities. Delta’s contracted refrigeration plant maintenance provider has also completed a full review of ammonia safe work policies and procedures. 

The exercise was prompted by the tragic events that took place at Memorial Arena in Fernie, British Columbia in October 2017. 

Participating agencies in the exercise were the City of Delta, Delta Fire, Delta Police, Fraser Valley Refrigeration, and British Columbia Ambulance Services. 

For more information on this news release, contact the City Manager’s office at 604-946-9212 or email citymanager@delta.ca.