Exercise Watermark

Exercise 'Watermark'

Multi-agencies took part in a huge national exercise which test flood evacuation plans the length and breath of the country. 

Exercise Watermark took place between March 6 and 11 2011 and tested responses from agencies to a range of scenarios which could occur during a flood emergency. 

The tabletop exercise took place in Essex and saw multiple agencies including fire, police, ambulance, councils and businesses taking part to test the response if Essex were to succumb to major flooding. 

All involved received injects from the national exercise control centre in Fareham, Hampshire and had to feed in exactly what would be happening in Essex to the national exercise. 

This nationwide exercise involved more than 3,500 emergency service workers at 62 different events nationwide, simulating major flooding. 

On top of this a bolt on live exercise took place at the end of the week in Ardleigh Reservoir. The live exercise tested water rescue, logistics and incident command systems as well as giving crews a chance to test the procedures and equipment associated with large scale flooding. 

Fire crews, police, ambulance, the army and RNLI amongst others took part in a simulated rescue of 120 people from a flooded town.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Gordon Hunter, Chairman of Essex Resilience Forum, said: “After the major flooding which the UK was hit with in 2007 it is important that all agencies are ready for this type of incident.

“Exercise Watermark gives us a chance to test our procedures to ensure that should the worst happen we are ready to deal with anything.”