Emergency planning exercises

Part of our preparation includes regular emergency planning exercises where we bring together all of the agencies in a staged situation.

This lets us practise coordinating our response so that we can act quickly and effectively should a real emergency occur.

We will be publishing details of emergency planning exercises taking place within the Cheshire Resilience Forum area on a regular basis.

For details of upcoming emergency planning exercises follow the link If you are interested in taking part in an exercise as a volunteer, you can email lrf.queries@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Previous emergency planning exercises

Silver Jubilee Bridge - Friday 30th September 2010

On Friday 30th September 2010 representatives of all the emergency services, marine coast guard agency, and Halton Council attended a major incident exercise at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes.

The scenario involved a multi vehicle crash on the Silver Jubilee Bridge with a number of vehicles catching fire, and a number of fatalities and serious casualties.

The scenario also examined the impact on the community of the Silver Jubilee Bridge being closed for  hours as a result of this “incident”.

The purpose of the exercise was to validate the Silver Jubilee Bridge Multi Agency Emergency Response Plan, in addition to delegates considering their actions in responding to the scenario should it occur.

The event was organised by the council’s Risk and Emergency Planning Division who continue to ensure, with the assistance of other agencies, that the planning, response and recovery for the major risks to the community from Major/Serious incidents occurring are mitigated.

Exercise Trinity II

Cheshire Local Resilience Forum recently ran a successful multi agency rail exercise.
The scenario for the exercise involved a chartered steam train which was traveling from the West Midlands to Carlisle with 400 passengers on board.  The train hit a JCB which was on the line, causing a derailment.

One of the objectives of the exercise was for agencies to work together to ensure that there would be minimum disruption to the transport network with return to business as usual at the earliest opportunity.
Providing consistent messages on public safety and reassurance through the media and also ensuring appropriate support to the community during the incident and for the longer term.

Comments from the exercise included:

“Excellent and informative day – good understanding and awareness of
the agencies and services available for incidents of this type.”

“As first time attendee, I found this day to be extremely useful.”

Ineos Exercise

On the 11th of February 2010 a major live exercise took place at the INEOS site, Runcorn (formerly owned by Imperial Chemical Industries, ICI).

Halton Borough Council like many other authorities has a statutory duty under The Control of Major Hazards Regulations (COMAH) 1999 to review and test the INEOS Off Site Emergency Plan at least once every 3 years.

The exercise involved live play on site and off site from over 100 representatives from the Emergency Services, Local Authority, Health Agencies, Health & Safety
Executive and Port Health. Many agencies opened their own emergency centres across Halton and the region to co-ordinate the response.

The exercise was a great success and the lessons learnt from the exercise and subsequent debrief will help future planning and response and ensure the continued safety of those living, working and commuting in and around Halton.

Cheshire Local Resilience Forum Training Day

In June 2009 Cheshire Local Resilience Forum Category 1 and Category 2 Responders across Cheshire met to discuss lessons learnt of the past year, successes of the Local Resilience Forum and looked at ways we will take our work forwards.

The day involved over 60 responders and covered topics such as Civil Contingencies Act Enhancement Programme, Resilient Telecommunications and Olympics 2012.

“The day was extremely useful, allowing me to gain a greater understanding of where we are at within the Local Resilience Forum and how the various partner agencies interact.”