Spring 2017: Emergency Training Exercise

This is a description of a planned emergency exercise for training purposes. This is not a real emergency.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM


A half marathon race is in progress on campus with 4,000 runners in attendance. During the marathon, a delivery truck is stolen and driven into the event area, running down marathon participants. The driver is quickly apprehended and shot by police upon exiting the vehicle.

What you will see

It is important to keep in mind that although this is a simulated event, the scenario will seem realistic.

You may see large crowds of people gathering on campus. Some people may be acting emotionally distressed and with mocked physical injuries. At the incident site, first responder agencies will be working together to triage the casualties and support the victims as required. Responders will be present with their agency-branded apparel, equipment, weapons, and vehicles.

Partnering agencies in attendance

  • BC Coroners Service
  • BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • St. John Ambulance
  • Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS)
  • UBC Building Operations
  • UBC Safety & Risk Services
  • UBC Security/Parking
  • UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services

Training outcomes

The intent of this training exercise is to test and practice UBC’s response to support the community.

The UBC Emergency Operations Centre will be activated as part of the exercise.

In a real emergency, there would be a significant police and security response; however, as this training exercise is not intended for police, the criminal investigation and police response will not be exercised at full capacity.


Agronomy Road between Main Mall and West Mall, with some elements of play at Orchard Commons.

UBC will be activating its Emergency Operations Centre in a meeting room on campus.

Road closures

Agronomy Road between Main Mall and West Mall will be closed.


For participants and students:

  • Mental health support is available to UBC students at Counselling Services
  • If you are triggered by participating in this emergency exercise, Wellness Advisors at UBC Counselling Services are available.
  • If you require immediate counselling services, call 1-800-387-4765 and select the emergency option to speak to a crisis counsellor. If you want to arrange an in-person counselling session during this call, an appointment will be guaranteed within 24 hours.

Resources are available for faculty and staff through the Employee & Family Assistance Program