Toronto simulates toxic mist release

Emergency crews in Toronto recently participated in a simulated terrorist attack at the unused lower platform of the Bay subway station to test out the federal government's new national standard for firefighter, police officer and paramedic protective equipment.

The simulation involved a terrorist walking onto the subway car and using a suitcase to release a toxic mist. The emergency crews needed to rescue a female passenger and determine what chemical was used, according to Inside Toronto.

"This standard will ensure Canada's first responders have the highest standard of protective equipment available when working to address hazardous threats," Vic Toews, Canada's public safety minister, said, according to Inside Toronto. "The new national standard will allow first responders to do their jobs more safely and with greater protection."

The new standard will apply to equipment that is used in chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear situations.

"Firefighters and other first responders across Canada rely on countless pieces of specialized equipment each day when responding to calls," Ron Jenkins, Toronto Fire Services' deputy chief, said, according to Inside Toronto. "It is vital that we have the right equipment for the job, but choosing that equipment is no easy task especially when we're talking about a large scale CBRN event...Beginning today, Canadian firefighters, police and paramedics will have the comprehensive new tool to guide us in the selection, use and care of personal protective equipment."