Mock ex­er­cise as­sesses emer­gency ca­pac­ity

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Larry Bent­ley

AN ex­er­cise to as­sess the Mel­moth com­mu­nity’s readi­ness con­cern­ing the na­tional ru­ral safety strat­egy was held around the town on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The par­tic­i­pants in­cluded the Mel­moth SAPS and re­lated branches, the Foren­sic Team from Ulundi, KZN Emer­gency Res­cue Ser­vice, Mthon­ja­neni Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices, Mfezi Se­cu­rity and the Mel­moth Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion in­clud­ing their Farm Watch.

This com­bined to make the ex­er­cise a great suc­cess.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port of ‘an in­ci­dent on a ru­ral prop­erty’, Mfezi Se­cu­rity with their ca­nine and han­dler and a Mel­moth po­lice mem­ber soon tracked down two ‘sus­pects’ who had fled on foot.

A fur­ther three ‘sus­pects’ who fled in a ve­hi­cle were also ap­pre­hended by Mel­moth SAPS mem­bers as farm­ers closed the ac­cess routes.

Af­ter the ex­er­cise, Mel­moth Sta­tion Com­man­der, Col Robert Souls ad­dressed the par­tic­i­pants and asked them to com­plete a ques­tion­naire so that a full as­sess­ment of the ex­er­cise could be made.

This will be used to iden­tify emer­gency short-com­ings and strengths.

It was agreed that the ex­er­cise was a worth­while one and should be fol­lowed up us­ing ur­ban and other crime sce­nar­ios to im­prove co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the var­i­ous emer­gency agen­cies.

The crime scene is cor­doned off

Larry Bent­ley

A ‘vic­tim’ is re­moved from his ve­hi­cle

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