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  • MNSW Port Jackson and MRNSW Middle Harbour take part in CBD exercise
  • August 28, 2016

Four volunteer crews from Marine Rescue NSW are taking part in a major exercise at Barangaroo today to test the general emergency management arrangements in the event of an incident in the Sydney CBD.

Marine Rescue Port Jackson and Middle Harbour each have two rescue vessels on the water for Exercise ‘Sydney CBD 2016’, a multi-agency emergency management exercise.

A year in the planning, the scenario involves a plane which sustains damage on take-off from Sydney Airport and ends up crashing at Barangaroo.

As the image from the NSW Police drone shows, MRNSW vessels, Port Jackson 20, Port Jackson 30, Middle Harbour 20 and Middle Harbour 30, have been patrolling the waters around Barangaroo between Millers Point and Darling Harbour .

The crews have been tasked with maintaining an exclusion zone for 
other boats and searching for debris and “casualties”. Two rescue mannequins have been located, provided first aid and transported to shore.

NSW Police Force Central Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Fuller, said today’s exercise would be the largest ever seen in Sydney.

“The ever-growing community of the Sydney CBD, those who live, work and visit the city can be assured and take confidence in the fact that not only do we have plans for emergencies, we test them to make sure they work,” he said.

More than 700 personnel have been involved in the exercise throughout the day, including 300 volunteers role-playing families and friends of those involved in the incident scenario.

Agencies involved in the exercise include the NSW Police Force, Fire & Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Ambulance, Transport Management Centre, Transport for NSW, City of Sydney Council, NSW Health – Disaster/Crisis, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, the Ministry of Police and Emergency Services, Sydney Airport, Airservices Australia, Australian Maritime Authority, Red Cross, and approximately 300 role-playing volunteers from the State Emergency Service and the Rural Fire Service.

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