Update: The planned emergency exercise at Dubbo Airport for tonight has been postponed due to a severe weather event in Dubbo.
Police, Dubbo Regional Council, and senior members of Dubbo's Emergency Services decided that the risk to volunteers could not be justified for exercise purposes.
The exercise, which has been designed to test the response capabilities of Dubbo Emergency Services to respond to a major life threatening occurrence at the airport, has been postponed to March 17, 2018.
Emergency Services are aware that disasters and life threatening events can happen in any weather condition and we assure our community that we stand ready to respond in any conditions, day and night, but we need to consider the care and comfort of our many community volunteers, that were willing to give their time to ensure the success of the exercise, and look forward to their participation in the exercise in March 2018.
Earlier: Local police and emergency services will conduct a major multi-agency training exercise tomorrow evening at the Dubbo Airport.
From 6pm tomorrow (Saturday 2nd November, 2017), the following services will meet at the airport:
- Police from the Orana Local Area Command
- Dubbo Regional Council
- Fire and Rescue NSW
- Rural Fire Service
- NSW Ambulance
- Volunteer Rescue Association
- Royal Flying Doctor Service
The joint operation, which has taken extensive planning, is aimed at testing the capabilities of responding emergency services, to deal with a disaster, should it occur at the airport.
NSW Police say, "We continually review our emergency plans and this exercise is part of the review process. Following the exercise we look at where we can improve our response and adjust our plans accordingly, to protect lives and property should a real event occur in the future.”
Residents and visitors may notice significant activity of emergency services, taking place at the airport, but NSW Police are assuring us that it is an EXERCISE ONLY.