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SP Energy Networks Join forces with the Emergency Services

07/10/2014

SP Energy Networks in the South has been involved in an exercise joint endeavour with the emergency services.

The team, along with 1,000 others, have been making damaged cables safe on a train crash site to a major incident in preparation for a real life happening.

Andy Dixon, SP Energy Networks planning manager for England and Wales gives an explanation of the work that was carried out:

“In Exercise Joint Endeavour we participated at all levels – operationally in the field (see photo) and we had representatives in the Strategic and Tactical Command Groups. We also took the opportunity to test the responses of our DCC, Control Room and Zone to a major incident. We were required to make the crash site electrically safe for the rescue services and to share information on vulnerable customers affected near the crash. These we were able to do. There were valuable learning points for both us and for other participants in the exercise, which will improve responses should a genuine emergency occur.”

Andy further explains how our company is involved:

“Our involvement comes through the Merseyside LRF (local Resilience Forums) of which SP Energy Networks is a member. All DNOs work with their LRFs alongside the ‘blue light’ services, local government, NHS and other organisations. In SP Energy Networks, we work with 5 LRFS in England and Wales.”

Employees alongside Andy who were directly involved in the exercise planning were John Boyer, Neil Palin, Jackie Hatton, Andy Palin and Mick Gill with wider support coming from the business on the day. These efforts will be recognised among communities and ultimately reflect positively on our company as a whole.

If you would like to read more on the incredible work JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme) do, please click here.

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