Wednesday 17 December 2014

As previously announced in June of this year, SHG and the private sector are gearing up for a major incident exercise to be held on St Helena on Wednesday 17 December 2014.

The exercise is being split into two distinct elements; the first (morning session) will be a ‘live’ exercise where an incident will be staged with the emergency services and multi-agency partners responding to deal with it.

Following on from the morning session there will be a second exercise in the afternoon which will be a command simulation exercise to put commanders from the emergency services, along with senior SHG officials, through their paces. Also involved will be some of the supporting elements to the command structure which will provide them with an insight into how the process works.

The day will provide an opportunity to validate elements of the Island’s Major Incident Plan and is the first step towards exercises that will take place next year as part of the Airport certification process.

Commenting on the exercise, Emergency Planning Manager, Alistair Smith said:

“17 December allows us to rehearse plans ahead of the formal process in the latter part of next year. With the timing close to Christmas we know there will be some disruption on the day but we hope to minimise this and have some contingencies so as not to inconvenience too many people.

“There is still an opportunity for people who would like to take part to get involved as role players on the day. If you’re around on the morning of 17 December and want to be involved then let us know. We’ll provide you with all the details and brief you beforehand. We’ll also provide lunch afterwards.”

If you would like to volunteer please contact Alistair Smith on 22721 or Alistair.Smith@sainthelena.gov.sh

SHG

11 November 2014

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