Emergency services are dealing with reports of a gas explosion at Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall with reports of numerous casualties – that’s the scenario staff will face tonight as agencies test their response to a major incident.
South Yorkshire Police have devised this particular event as its annual exercise for Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) teams.
A significant number of emergency service vehicles and officers will be visible at Crystal Peaks from 8.30pm tonight (Wednesday 7 November) and will be present overnight to the conclusion of the exercise at 5am.
Chief Inspector Iain Chorlton, operational lead for DVI at South Yorkshire Police, said: “Police and other agencies need to regularly test contingency plans in the event of a variety of emergency situations. Tonight’s scenario aims to enhance our ability to deal with a mass-fatality incident by exercising the arrangements we have in place.
“Given the nature of the scenario, members of the public could see officers removing casualties from the shopping centre throughout the night. Please be reassured that these are not real casualties but are a necessary simulation to get the most from the exercise.”
Crystal Peaks has worked closely with police and other agencies to plan tonight’s exercise with the scenario taking place overnight to remove the impact on shoppers and the public.