Marble Arch Caves Hosts Emergency Planning Exercise
The world-renowned Marble Arch Caves hosted a multi-agency emergency planning exercise on Friday 21 September 2018, which focused on underground rescue scenarios.
The multi-agency exercise, organised by the PSNI, included representatives from the North West Mountain Rescue Team, Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO), Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team, Irish Mine Rescue Committee, British Red Cross, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Gortatole Outdoor Education Centre and the Department for the Economy.
HRH Prince Andrew, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Co Fermanagh, Lord Brookeborough, also attended the exercise to observe the work of the multi-agencies during the response.
The Marble Arch Caves is operated by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.
Speaking about the multi-agency exercise, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, said:
“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council works closely with emergency services and other agencies to plan for and to help respond effectively to emergency situations and was pleased to host this event. The Marble Arch Caves provided a safe and controlled setting for first responder agencies to test their training and rehearse their response to a number of emergency scenarios both under and over ground. The Council is pleased that its major tourist facility could facilitate this exercise.”
The emergency planning exercise was part of routine training to enable agencies to work together to practice for an emergency situation and included a number of rescue scenarios involving water, abseiling, casualty recovery and extraction and evacuation.
The Marble Arch Caves, Co. Fermanagh, is a flagship site within the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark.
Guided tours take place daily from March until early November where visitors are guided through a mesmerising natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.