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CFO staff join fellow feather boards to participate in industry-wide emergency response training

GUELPH, ON – June 28, 2019 – Beginning June 26, 2019, Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) staff members participated in a three-day Disease Outbreak Response Simulation using the internationally-recognized Incident Management System (IMS) model. The exercise was hosted by the Feather Board Command Center (FBCC) in concert with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Ontario Area Response Team Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) in Guelph, Ontario.     

The Outbreak Response Simulation is part of ongoing and regular training for poultry industry stakeholders to ensure quick and effective response to emergency situations including federally reportable disease outbreaks. The feather boards and stakeholders follow the Ontario IMS in the event of an emergency, which is a guidance doctrine maintained by Emergency Management Ontario under the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services that focuses on managing planned or unplanned incidents.
“Over 20 CFO staff-associates were part of more than 40 participants from across the four feather boards that joined in this training exercise, consisting of the numerous individuals who would be mobilized in a real emergency to minimize and mitigate any spread of disease and damages,” said Rob Dougans, President & CEO, CFO. “CFO is committed to effective risk management, and the success of this simulation demonstrates we are ready to effectively manage poultry industry disease emergencies.”
“An important part of the exercise is testing our ability to safely move product and maintain business continuity during a disease outbreak through use of movement permits, stated Dr. Tom Baker, Manager and Incident Commander of the Feather Board Command Centre. “As a result, we have invited selected industry stakeholders from the processing, feed and hatchery sectors to participate with us in this exercise.”
Learnings and insights from the training exercise will be reflected upon and implemented to ensure that Ontario’s poultry industry maintains its strong emergency response protocols.
FBCC was developed to coordinate the Ontario poultry industry’s emergency response to targeted diseases through promoting preparedness, prevention, response and recovery. 
For more information, visit the Feather Board Command Centre’s website at