Spring 2016: Emergency Training Exercise

This is a description of a planned emergency exercise for training purposes. This is not a real emergency. This is an exercise designed to review UBC’s emergency response to an Active Shooter/ Armed Threat Incident.


Wednesday, March 17, 2016

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


A person enters the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre wearing an all-black outfit and carrying a large backpack.  He moves to the middle of the area of tables and extracts a military style assault weapon from his backpack. He stands on a chair and rants threats before opening fire on the crowd apparently at random.  The sound of gunfire can be heard across many areas of campus. People run in every direction from the building and others hide in their offices or other rooms.

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.


Irving K. Barber Learning Centre building located at 1961 East Mall.

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


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


For more information, contact the Manager, Emergency Management.