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Press release

June 1, 2017

TORONTO, CANADA - The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) will be conducting an emergency exercise at Toronto Pearson International Airport in the early hours of Saturday, June 3. The exercise will run from 2:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m. and will take place in several locations, including Terminal 1 International Arrivals area, Terminal 1 International Departures gates and some airside locations.

Throughout the exercise, passengers and people in the airport area can expect to see volunteers, emergency vehicles and personnel on airport approach roads, in Terminal 1 and airside. Alarms will be heard and theatrical smoke may be visible.

The GTAA runs one full scale and one tabletop exercise per year to test protocols, procedures, communications and planning for emergency and/or security related incidents. Many agencies are involved in the planning and implementation of these exercises.

The scenario for the June 3 exercise involves an explosion on airport property, and includes emergency response and evacuation drills in Terminal 1. Partnering agencies in this exercise include Peel Regional Police, Peel Regional Paramedic Services, Mississauga Fire, Transport Canada, Canadian Border Services Agency, US Customs and Border Protection and Air Canada. Over 300 members of the public have volunteered to portray passengers and friends and family members for the exercise.

Please be advised that this is an exercise only and that only authorized personnel and volunteers will be admitted into the exercise area.

About Toronto Pearson

Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson is focused on becoming the best airport in the world; enhancing the passenger experience, safety, security, supports the success of our airline partners. With more than 44 million passengers in 2016, Toronto Pearson is Canada's largest airport and second busiest North American international airport.

The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada; it facilitates more than 6 per cent of Ontario's GDP and directly employs 49,000 people. Toronto Pearson believes being a good neighbour means balancing operations by engaging with communities that surround the airport. It strives to have a positive impact by investing in social good and community-building initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.

For more information please visit Toronto Pearson on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Contact: GTAA Media Office | | (416) 776-3709

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