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Free Training For Fairford's Emergency Volunteers

Volunteer helpers in Fairford are set to receive free training to help them cope in an emergency.

The 30 volunteers, who have offered to provide help and support to other members of their community in the event of an emergency, will take part in a training exercise on Wednesday, June 11, to help them be prepared.

The presentation and table- top exercises will take place at the town’s newly refurbished Community Centre in the first of a series of training sessions being scheduled across the Cotswolds.

Cotswold District Council Emergency Planning Manager Claire Locke said: “Fairford Town Council has done a great job recruiting a group of volunteers who have offered their help should an emergency take place.

“We want to support these people by helping to prepare them for their roles should the worst happen. Helping out in an emergency can be a stressful and difficult task and as with most things preparation is crucial”.

The event will include presentations from Cotswold District Council and also a table top exercise led by Chris Davies, Emergency Management Officer at Gloucestershire County Council. This exercise will involve working through the impact of an imaginary (but realistic) potential emergency, to explore the kind of actions and skills needed by emergency volunteers.

Cotswold District Council Community Resilience Liaison Officer Tim Dowan said: “We intend to roll out this training across the District, with approximately another five or six events expected, as Towns and Parishes develop their emergency plans. We will be ready to support them.”

Fairford Ward Member Councillor Chris Roberts said: “Supported by a Parish Resilience Grant from Cotswold District Council, Fairford has been amongst the first in the District to work on a comprehensive emergency plan. Simple but effective planning can help to avoid the potential impact should the worst occur, be it flooding or any other disaster that could befall a community.”

For more information about emergency planning for Town and Parish councils, please contact Tim Dowan on 01285 623433.

Posted : 09/06/2008 20:56:30

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