Sydney CBD Emergency Management Exercise

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A major emergency management exercise was carried out in the Sydney CBD yesterday (Sunday 24 May 2015) to test general emergency management arrangements in case of an incident in the city.

Exercise ‘Sydney CBD’ was a multi agency emergency management exercise which commenced at 9:00am and conclude at midday.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Fuller, Commander of Central Metropolitan Region, said the importance of testing these arrangements cannot be understated.

“The community of the Sydney CBD, those who live, work and visit the city can take a level of comfort in the knowledge that we do have plans, but more importantly, we test them to make sure they work.

“We continually review our emergency plans and today’s exercise is part of the review process and provides police and emergency service organisations with the guidance required in a range of events, including the need to move large numbers of people out of the city.

“The emergency management arrangements are part of our ongoing commitment to improve public safety in the event of a natural disaster, an emergency or terrorist incident,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

More than 500 personnel will be involved in the exercise including 300 volunteers to role play workers being evacuated.

Those involved in the exercise include the NSW Police Force, Fire & Rescue NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Ambulance, Transport Management Centre, Transport for NSW, City of Sydney Council, NSW Health – Disaster/Crisis, the Ministry of Police and Emergency Services, Dept of Premier and Cabinet, and approximately 300 role playing volunteers from the State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and Surf Life Saving Australia.

Assistant Commissioner Fuller said anyone in the Sydney CBD today should not be concerned, this is an exercise only.

“Today’s exercise is not as a result of recent incidents in the Sydney CBD but rather as part of the ongoing review process of our emergency arrangements and testing them to ensure they are robust and flexible.

“Having plans is one thing, but testing those arrangements with all agencies involved in a realistic setting is imperative.

“We can’t leave it until something happens,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

Assistant Commissioner Fuller also thanked the community for their understanding and patience should they be inconvenienced today.

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