Tri-City News reports on City Council’s reaction to major explosion at CPR.

Nine months after an explosion at the CP Rail yard in Port Coquitlam, city council publicly addressed the accident by saying it plans to do a better job responding to any future large-scale disasters.

This week, Mayor Greg Moore spoke about the Jan. 22 blast — the first time council has made a public statement about the three-alarm emergency (though the topic was not on Tuesday’s council agenda) — and noted “table-top exercises” with CP Rail will begin next month.

Tri-City News discovered significant communication breakdowns during this incident.

The mayor’s comments come two weeks after The Tri-City News published a story about the communications breakdown between first responder agencies on scene, on the night of Jan. 22, 2018.

According to internal debriefing papers released under a freedom of information request, officials complained about the “confusion” among city staff, the fire department, Coquitlam RCMP, paramedics and CP Rail representatives about what was happening — and who was in charge — when a locomotive collided with a tanker truck carrying ethanol.

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PoCo council addresses safety at CP Rail yard, nine months after blast

Nine months after an explosion at the CP Rail yard in Port Coquitlam, city council publicly addressed the accident by saying it plans to do a better job responding to any future large-scale disasters. This week, Mayor Greg Moore spoke about the Jan.

 

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