South Yorkshire fire service exercise discussed at national conference

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An exercise to test how South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue would operate if a major disaster prevented employees from working properly was discussed at a national conference.

The fire brigade’s emergency planning officer, Russ Parramore, spoke at the Business Continuity Institute World Conference and Exhibition in London, which attracted more than 1,000 delegates from across the world.

He spoke about an exercise in 2013 which tested the organisation’s ability to deal with a major emergency affecting its entire workforce’s ability to function.

The exercise involved severe disruption to employees, property and processes, with over 150 workers participating.

It won praise from partners and observers, with key points from the resulting debrief report circulated to help other public sector organisations.

Mr Parramore said: “It’s a real coup for the work we’ve done in South Yorkshire to be recognised on an international stage such as this.

“The leadership shown and support given by the executive team at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has enabled business continuity to move forward from being something which is statutory and must be done, to something which is understood and embraced throughout the whole organisation.”