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Oil spill training exercise staged on Clacton beach
6:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A MAJOR training exercise was 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 flocked to Martello Beach for the course.
They spent a day in the classroom on Tuesday before working with counter pollution contractors to complete the seafront training scenario.
It was organised by Essex Civil Protection and Emergency Management, along with the Maritime Coastguard Agency.
Emergency planning officer Catherine Boyer-Besant said: “There were 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.”
The seven-hour exercise saw participants learn how to tackle every aspect of an oil spill, including the initial response and health and safety guidelines.
Tendring Council health and safety boss Lynda McWilliams said: “It is vitally important that all those who may end up tackling such an incident, at any time, are well versed in how to deal with the situation.
“You can only do that by staging exercises like this which are as near to the real thing as you can get.”