Fairview Lodge Boasts of Staff Being Prepared for Fire Evacuation in Whitby

Fairview Lodge management is boasting that its easy and quick evacuation of the long-term care home on fire was a result of staff members knowing exactly what they needed to do when an emergency hit. According to Regional Chairman, Roger Anderson, all regional facilities have efficient emergency management plans regardless of whether they’re seniors’ homes or water treatment plants.

Mr. Anderson stated that “in particular in our long-term care facilities we have fire drills three times a month in all of our facilities so they’re well-versed in what they have to do and how they have to do it.” It was explained that “we hope we never have to use it, but in this case we did.” A fire broke out at around 9:40 a.m. on Oct. 27 in the old wing of the lodge located on Dundas Street in Whitby, after which all 192 residents were evacuated in just a few minutes. Mr. Anderson stated that “it worked remarkably well, thank God, even our neighbours — the residents around Fairview Lodge — came out and helped wheel some of the patients away from the building.”

Simone McNeil was working at the lodge when the fire started and she remembered that “everyone was nervous and scared.” Ms. Simone alleged that it was decided that everyone will be taken to St. John the Evangelist Church and “we started getting people as fast as we could. We made as many trips as necessary to get everyone to the church.” She added that “some of the residents still don’t know what is going on. We are trying to keep them calm.”

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