Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping joined volunteers and blue light workers for a multi-agency training exercise on the emergency response to a ‘missing persons’ incident.
The PCC went out with the Nottinghamshire Search and Rescue Team (NSART), Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, five police special constables and Water Safe UK Search and Rescue Team (WUKSART) for the multi-agency water and land-based search and rescue operation to see for himself the vital work they undertake.
The training exercise, which took place yesterday (Sunday 25 June), tested the multi-agency response to reports of a vehicle crashing into the River Trent at Gunthorpe Lock with five occupants.
The NSART is a charity search and rescue team covering Nottinghamshire which is operated and staffed exclusively by volunteers. The skilled team members work alongside Nottinghamshire Police and other agencies to search for and rescue missing people in the community.
Mr Tipping, who recently donated a trailer to the charity, is one of a host of organisations to attend the exercise to watch the service and its many partners in action.
He said: “The NSART and its affiliated partners provide a fantastic service 365 days a year. This exercise is really aimed at testing our joint emergency response procedures to this type of critical incident and ensuring our volunteers and specialist staff are in the best possible position to cope with a situation of this magnitude for real.
“These training events are vital for learning and help us to plan and coordinate the deployment of specialist resources more effectively in future. They also offer reassurance to the public that we are well-prepared for such events and help to strengthen inter-organisational relationships and information-sharing.
“I’m very grateful for the work of NSART and its dedicated volunteers for supporting the work of our blue light services and offering greater protection to the public.”
Sallie Blair 01283 821012
Nottinghamshire Police Corporate Communications 0115 967 2080
Posted on Monday 26th June 2017