Tried and tested plan proved ef­fec­tive in emer­gency

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK -

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.

Work to­gether

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

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