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Emergency Services training to deal with hazardous materials

The Emergency Services and key individuals from other States Departments will be taking part in a training day to identify how best to deal with an incident involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear (CBRN) contamination or other hazardous materials (HAZMAT).

The training, taking place at the Jersey Field Squadron headquarters at Mount Bingham on Tuesday 14th October, will allow commanders from across the Emergency Services, and key individuals from other States Departments who may be called to assist, to identify CBRN or HAZMAT incidents and develop plans to safely and effectively deal with the situation.

As part of the UK Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme, new doctrine and procedures in responding to CBRN or HAZMAT incidents have been developed and it is these procedures, as well as an update on the current capabilities and equipment held on the island, that will be briefed to emergency responders. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to discuss several scenarios with the CBRN / HAZMAT experts within the Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance Services.

The States of Jersey Emergency Planning Officer, Joe Carnegie, who has helped to develop the training day with the Emergency Services, explains that whilst these types of incidents are rare it is vital that emergency responders have the best possible training:

“Whilst the chances of a major CBRN incident happening in Jersey are very low, the Emergency Services have had to deal with situations where hazardous materials are present and pose a risk of contamination to people or the environment. Dealing with these incidents and maintaining public safety is a complex process. Having the latest ‘best practice’ and expert knowledge is vital for those commanders tasked with overseeing the response and resolving the emergency.

“One of the added benefits of training together in an event such as this is that commanders from the individual Emergency Services, and wider agencies, don’t have to ‘second guess’ what other responders may need and can work together to provide

 

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