Canada Day dry run for Sens celebration

JON WILLING -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

Being the nation's capital means emergency planners already have a protocol for dealing with mass crowds in the downtown area.

It's just like Canada Day, only stretched out over two weeks.

Kim Ayotte, fire chief of special operations, said the planning for Sens Mile celebrations has been very similar to the annual July 1 blowout.

Officials have identified "hot areas" around the city where there could be increased crowds.

Ayotte said the fire service will consider "possibly increasing" resources if the celebrations get bigger.

"And that's a good thing," Ayotte noted.

Some of the main concerns for firefighters and paramedics involve responding to a situation in a large crowd, where large trucks are virtually useless.

The same goes for Ottawa paramedics, who have received advice from their colleagues in Alberta based on what they dealt with when Calgary and Edmonton reached the Stanley Cup finals in recent years.

Ottawa paramedic spokesman J.P. Trottier said the deployment is also similar to the one used on Canada Day.

The city expects to have 25 paramedics working specifically on events related to Sens celebrations.

The plan includes a team on bicycles to easily navigate through the crowds, in addition to a "perimeter deployment" of the Sens Mile.


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