Council and partners to test emergency response plans next week

Published Friday, 24th November 2017

Southend pier

The council is to host an emergency planning exercise on the pier on Monday 27 November from 1pm, in partnership with blue-light services.

The exercise will test emergency plans and major incident plans in response to a simulated emergency scenario taking place on the pier.

The exercise will involve Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service, Essex Police, Her Majesty’s Coastguard, RNLI, and East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and St John Ambulance.

The Council has informed seafront businesses, to ensure they are aware of the operation, and asks residents not to be alarmed by the sight of emergency service vehicles, activity and white smoke on the day which could be visible from 1pm onwards.

Cllr Andrew Moring, Executive Councillor for Corporate and Community Support, said: “It is vital and good practice for us all to test our emergency plans regularly to ensure that they are up to date, relevant and efficient for the whole Borough.

“This exercise is more around testing our response plans in general and is not the same as the Pier exercise that was held in 2005 to test specific Pier evacuation and emergency plans. However the Pier offers us all a great venue to really test what we all do, with minimum disruption to the public and local businesses.”