Tried and tested plan proved effective in emergency
KENT’S Chief Constable has praised the way the earthquake emergency was handled.
Mike Fuller, who chairs the group that co-ordinates emergency planning in Kent, said the agencies involved gave a rapid and effective response.
Comprehensive and well-tested plans ensured that emergency services and other organisations were ready to swing quickly into action to deal with the aftermath of the tremor, he said.
On Saturday, senior officers from Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Kent County Council and the Army established a strategic co-ordination, or Gold, group at the headquarters of Kent Police in Maidstone.
A similar group was set up in Folkestone, also involving Shepway District Council and power company representatives.
Mr Fuller said: “What happened on Saturday demonstrated how important it is for us all to plan and work together.
“Thanks to our tried, tested and well-exercised plans there was highly effective co-ordination and co-operation between the agencies involved.
“On the whole, I am pleased at how well our plans worked – something borne out by the positive feedback we have already received from the public.”
Chief Constable Mike Fuller