06 October 2015

Northamptonshire’s emergency response to widespread flooding will be put to the test this weekend with a joint-agency exercise.

The county council’s Emergency Planning Team and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will lead the exercise, which will test how the various agencies involved respond to severe flooding.

Daventry and Stanwick

It will take place on Sunday (October 11th) at Daventry Country Park and Stanwick Lakes and involve voluntary organisations including Northants 4x4 Response, Northants Search and Rescue, Northampton Emergency Aid Team, British Red Cross, the RSPCA and the Maritime Volunteer Service. The day will also involve Northamptonshire Police Specials, East Midlands Ambulance Service and local Army Cadets.

Exact details about the exercise are being kept under wraps in order to accurately test the agencies’ emergency response, but the locations are being revealed to let members of the public in the area know not to be concerned.

Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth, said: “These exercises are a vital way for all agencies involved in emergency planning to learn and improve our plans and capabilities to deal with an emergency.

“This exercise will get the various organisations working together to manage the response to a hypothetical emergency, offering the chance for them to improve their contingency plans ahead of a real emergency.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you in advance to the volunteers who are giving up their time for free to help us stage the event.”

Get involved

Anyone who would like to find out more about volunteering for an emergency response organisation in the future can find out more about the roles available by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/getinvolved.