STORNOWAY played host to a ‘Live’ exercise this week which saw all 12 emergency services drafted into action to test to test their statutory plans, validate key concepts within the plans and test multi agency response, capabilities and communications.
Over a two-hour period around 60 personnel worked a ‘Live’ COMAH (Control Of Major Accident Hazards Regs 1999) at Scotland Gas Networks LPG Plant, Sandwick Road, Stornoway.
The site warning siren at the plant, which in the event of an emergency situation would be used to warn members of the public of an incident, was also used.
Exercise Director, Andy MacDonald, Risk and Emergency Planning Manager at CNES said: “A multi-agency planning team was established earlier in the year under the auspices of the Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group (WIEPCG).
“A decision was taken to deliver a controlled ‘Live’ Exercise at the SGN LPG Plant, Stornoway in 2011 involving all the Emergency Services and key local Resilience partners.
“’Live’ Exercises are very resource intensive and the scenario tests all agencies participating. In addition to the 60 plus participants on site, the A&E Department at the Western Isles Hospital also received role playing casualties following stabilisation by a medical team at the Exercise Site.”