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Major oil spill training scenario to take over Clacton beach
2:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A MAJOR training exercise will be staged in Clacton to make sure organisations are prepared to tackle serious oil spill incidents.
Representatives from the emergency services, councils, ports and harbours from across Essex will flock to Martello Beach for the course.
They will spend a day in the classroom before working with counter pollution contractors to complete the seafront training scenario tomorrow.
It has been organised by Essex Civil Protection and Emergency Management, along with the Maritime Coastguard Agency.
Emergency planning officer Catherine Boyer-Besant said: “There will be more than 50 people, a boat, boom and a large amount of equipment all being put to the test and giving those involved hands-on experience of what would occur if this happened for real.
“It will be a seven hour exercise and we hope that people will respect the fact the beach is in use for an important initiative, although they are welcome to watch.”
Participants will learn how to tackle every aspect of an oil spill, including the initial response and health and safety guidelines.