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If you are an emergency responder - a 9-1-1 dispatcher, police officer, paramedic or firefighter working in a community that may be exposed to the risk of UXO, you need to be aware of the procedures to follow regarding the discovery of UXO.

The public is directed to call their local police or 9-1-1 if they encounter something that could be an UXO.

That call triggers the following:

  • The police Head Quarters (HQ) or dispatcher will normally dispatch a police officer to assess the situation.
  • If required, the police HQ or dispatcher will contact their affiliated Canadian Forces’ Regional Joint Task Force Headquarters (RJTF HQ)
  • The RJTF HQ will send a specialized team of explosive experts (the EOD Unit) to the location to identify, remove and/or destroy the UXO.

In the event of an emergency call for a death or injury that is possibly related to UXO, first responders arriving at the scene should stay alert and exercise caution. Where there is one unexploded bomb there may be others nearby. You should never attempt to fight fires in areas that are known or suspected to have UXO.

Advice for First Responders

First responders working in communities that may be affected by UXO should:

Do not touch or move suspicious objects or try to uncover buried objects where there is a risk of UXO.