Shoppers heading to McArthurGlen Designer Outlets tomorrow might notice an increase in RCMP officers and first responders in the area.
On Tuesday, Lower Mainland RCMP officers are scheduled to conduct scenario-based, critical incident training. The exercise will be conducted in partnership with Richmond Fire-Rescue, the BC Ambulance Service, Vancouver International Airport and the outlet mall.
"Residents can expect to see officers from the LMD ERT wearing protective equipment and carrying specialized weapons. While we do not anticipate the community at large will be impacted by noise associated to the training, we would like the community to be aware that this pre-planned training taking place," said Insp. Andy LeClair, the officer in charge of the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team.
While there will be no interuptions to the mall's business hours, the public won't be able to access the site from 10 p.m. until around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.
According to the RCMP, training events like this one aim to support community safety by allowing first responders to put into practice skills they’ve learned individually in a joint exercise. This particular training has been planned for several months and is unrelated to any recent events, says the RCMP.