A major incident training exercise took place yesterday (25 October) involving around one hundred people, including police officers, volunteers, paramedics, firefighters and emergency planners.
All three emergency services and Derbyshire County Council Emergency Planning team took part in the exercise which, led by Inspector Paul Corton, took place at Pride Park, Derby. It involved agencies whose role in an emergency would be to save life, minimise the impact of the incident, manage casualties, investigate the cause of the incident and bring about a return to normality as soon as practicable.
The training has been planned for a number of months and tested Derbyshire’s response to a chemical, biological, radiological & nuclear (CBRN) incident.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “Taking part in scenario training exercises such as this is vital for all of the organisations involved and ensures our plans to deal with a terrorist attack or major incident are as robust as they should be.
“The obvious advantage of training is that we are able to identify any weaknesses or areas needing further work without risk to life or public services.
“It’s critical that our emergency plans are as good as they should be if the worst happened. The debrief for this particular exercise will be important in helping us to tighten our procedures in the future.”
During the exercise, Derbyshire Constabulary worked alongside colleagues from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Derbyshire County Council Emergency Planning.
They were joined by police volunteers, Special Constables and students from the University of Derby who role-played the casualties for the event.
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Posted on Monday 26th October 2015