Archive for September 10th, 2010

September 10th, 2010

Not enough exercise

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Whilst we, especially civilian workers, in the police are currently wondering whether we will have a job next year or be put out to seed to pay for bankers’ bonuses, police have been spending nearly Ă‚ÂŁ1million on an exercise to deal with a major earthquake.

No, that’s not as in how to send teams abroad to assist in major disasters elsewhere in the world, that’s dealing with major earthquakes in the UK. I think the last time we had a major earthquake round these parts there was only one landmass & we were part of Australasia, or something.

Hampshire Fire & Rescue said they had chosen an earthquake as the scenario for Exercise Orion, which was held this week in four force areas in England. He said: “That is why we have chosen the unlikely scenario of an earthquake, because the UK is not accustomed to such incidents and it is therefore outside all normal planning assumptions.”

Other senior officials said it was important  to be able to deal with such an event, even if the chance of it occurring is extremely slim.

I’m not complaining, it was probably money well spent & gave senior officers the chance to fuck it all up in a scenario where it doesn’t actually matter, rather than fuck it up in real life.

Anyway, I won’t have much time to post this week as I’m being abstracted for some training scenarios viz Operation Tsunami, Exercise Massive Comet hits Ipswich & Operation HQ gets sucked off  by a Black Hole & the Chief disappears up his own Arse.