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Nuclear Emergency Response Tests Taking Place In Cornwall

Posted: 17/10/2016

Emergency response planning is taking centre stage in Cornwall this month (September), with the Ministry of Defence organising tests to see how the region's agencies would respond in the event of a nuclear emergency.

According to the West Briton, the one-day exercise, which took place on September 14th, was held across the county, with personnel from around 27 different agencies responding at strategic, operational and tactical levels in Exeter, Plymouth and Truro.

The agencies taking part include the Met Office, Public Health England, The Highways Agency, Network Rail, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, South West Ambulance Service Trust and Plymouth City and Cornwall Council.

"The purpose of the Short Sermon exercise is for the Ministry of Defence and Babcock to demonstrate to the independent regulatory bodies that, if ever called upon, the site has the necessary plans and resources whilst testing the broader off site multi-agency nuclear emergency arrangements," Commodore Ian Shipperley was quoted as saying.

Similar events were recently put on across South Wales as part of a counter-terrorism training exercise. The BBC reported back in July that South Wales and Dyfed-Powys Police were holding the exercises so as to test their emergency responses in case a similar attack to those that have happened in Europe recently do take place here.

If you would like to discuss your emergency response plans in greater detail or perhaps holding similar training days to ascertain whether you'd be able to manage effectively in any given incident. Should you need help in this regard, call our experienced and professional team at HFR Solutions CIC to see how we can help?