An emergency exercise has taken place today at a block of flats in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent.
"The exercise was a great opportunity for the emergency services and local authority to work together and test what we would do if an incident like this actually happened."
Station Manager, Garry Goodwin
The exercise took place at Robinson Court, Ripon Road and involved a chemical incident. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit were sent to the incident to deal with a number of casualties and to identify the chemicals involved.
Local residents were informed of the incident and although they were able to carry on with their day as normal, the scenario involved them being evacuated and taken to a nearby rest centre.
Station Manager, Garry Goodwin said: "The exercise was a great opportunity for the emergency services and local authority to work together and test what we would do if an incident like this actually happened. The scenario that happened today will also form the basis of a later exercise, which will focus on what needs to happen once the emergency phase is complete.
"We’d like to express our thanks to the local residents and Longton Cricket Club for their co-operation, which allowed the exercise to run smoothly."
Councillor Paul Shotton, cabinet member for resources, said; "When an emergency of any kind affects the city, we, as well as the fire service, the police and the ambulance service, need to be well prepared and trained to deal with any potential consequences.
"These training exercises are essential for keeping officers from every agency well drilled, informed of the latest techniques in dealing with large scale problems, and giving them practice in how to work together during a dangerous incident.
"All the staff involved from every agency should be commended for the work that they have put in today, and we as a city can be confident that if a large scale emergency were to occur, we would all be ideally placed to deal with it quickly and effectively."