Following recent infrastructure upgrades to the Integrated Emergency Management Centre (IEMC), the Shoalhaven Rural Fire Service have held a regional training exercise over the past three days based on a significant fire event in the Southern Shoalhaven.
This exercise included support from the Shoalhaven Emergency Operations Centre located within the IEMC and included, road closures, planning for evacuations and health issues.
Shoalhaven City Council staff joined other emergency services in rehearsing for the fictional fire crisis in the Shoalhaven. Council staff from roads, assets and works, infrastructure, mapping, environment, community engagement and media were on hand to refine emergency processes and work collaboratively with other emergency personnel.
The exercise scenario assisted in further testing some of the planning and coordination functions of the Emergency Operations Centre and provide the opportunity to ensure preparations for the upcoming fire season in support of the RFS.
The scenario also provided the opportunity for orientation of personnel in the use of the new on-line Emergency Management Operating system and managing an emergency operation.
Other agencies involved in this exercise within the Emergency Operations Centre were NSW Police, NSW Ambulance, NSW Health, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Family and Community Services, Commonwealth Defence Force, Jervis Bay Territory, Transport NSW, SES, NSW Primary Industries and Endeavour Energy.
This is the second time the centre has been used for a crisis, with the first being the June floods.
The Shoalhaven is leading the way in collaborative local Integrated Emergency Operation Centres and emergency management operation systems and is being used as a state wide case study for working in one location.