10/13/2017 8:15:25 AM

It was a first for a casino in Ontario. On Thursday morning, Shorelines 1000 Islands Casino was evacuated as part of a training exercise which saw emergency personnel deal with an explosion situation. Andy LaCroix, the executive director was thrilled with how the exercise went.

    Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands Fire Prevention Officer Alex Bennett says since he joined the department the Casino has been one of his higher priorities and it was a win-win scenario.

    This was the first time an evacuation of a casino has been undertaken in Ontario as part of a training exercise. Casino staff, the OPP and Gananoque Fire Services all participated in the training exercise. There were approximately 30 firefighters involved and pumpers and tankers from Township Stations 1 and 3 and the aerial and pumper from Gananoque.

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