Emergency exercise to be held in Kingsteignton

Posted on: 10 October 2018

Agencies from across Devon will be testing their combined response to a mock emergency in an exercise that will simulate an evacuation of approximately 180 people from homes in Kingsteignton later this month.

Exercise Hagion, coordinated by Devon County Council (DCC), will be on Thursday 25 October, during the half-term break.

It will focus on how statutory and voluntary agencies work together to set up and manage an Emergency Rest Centre at Teign School, Kingsteignton.

The school is one of DCC’s 32 potential Strategic Rest Centre sites identified in the county’s emergency plans and where several agencies will come together to care and support those affected.

The emergency scenario will be based on the evacuation of the local community following the collision of a fully laden propane gas tanker with the overbridge at Hestow Road, Kingsteington.

The collision has made the gas unstable and in the scenario, neighbouring households need to be evacuated with the fire service setting up a 200-metre exclusion zone, which may extend to a 24-hour period.

Organisations taking part include Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council, Torbay Council, Torbay & South Devon Foundation Trust, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and the Casualties Union

Voluntary organisations include British Red Cross, Salvation Army, St John Ambulance and the Devon Faith Response Team.

Their role will be to provide shelter, warmth and refreshments, and to care for and support for the evacuees.

The Casualties Union, also attending, will provide trained volunteers to simulate injuries, medical conditions, and challenging situations that will add realism to the exercise.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for emergency planning, said:
“While we have no way of knowing what might happen in the future, there are common procedures that have to be rehearsed and tested to ensure that if something does happen, we are prepared.
“On October 25 people in Kingsteignton may see an extra presence from emergency services and some unusual sights centred at the school.
“There is no need for concern. This is an exercise and we need to make it as realistic as possible so that all the organisations gain the maximum benefit. Exercises like this also help us identify any areas that we can improve on in future.”

Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Teignbridge District Council’s Leader, said:
“This is a live exercise which is treated as a real emergency and designed to be as realistic as possible. However, I would like to reassure the public there is no need to be alarmed. It is crucial to be involved with important exercises like this as it helps us prepare for unknown eventualities, test emergency procedures and identify any areas for future learning and improvement. It also gives Teignbridge the opportunity to work closely with agencies and local organisations to ensure that in the event of a real emergency we are best prepared.
“Thank you to everyone for their time in organising this exercise and those taking part.”

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