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Emergency scenario created at Dovestones Reservoir
Friday 22nd July 2016 @ 10:00 by Adam Higgins
Mossley & Saddleworth News

All eyes were on Dovestones Reservoir when the Emergency Services were joined by a number of organisations including the armed forces as part of Exercise Triton II. 

The mission was a complex scenario designed to test how local authorities, emergency services and
other partners are equipped to tackle a major emergency.

In total, no less than 36 organisations came together to avert a potential disaster.

The scenario involved emptying Dovestones Reservoir as quickly as possible following the discovery of some cracks and to prevent a flooding disaster.

Wing Commander Gary Lane, RAF Regional Liaison Officer for the North of England, explained the RAF’s role.

He said: “We are here to simulate the fact that the roads are now impassable with the fire trucks across.

“We’re flying in a couple of pumps underneath the Chinook helicopter, bringing them from a nearby quarry so the Fire and Rescue service can use them.

“These sort of exercises are vital as the organisations come together to work as a team.

“An example is that these high pressure water pumps take a little bit of preparation to make sure that they are safe, so we are talking through the processes and procedures with the fire service.”

As the Chinook helicopter returned with part of the pump, the onlookers held their breath, as it attempted to land the equipment in difficult conditions.

With the pump safely down, the skies above Tameside and Oldham were once again filled with the noise of the iconic helicopter as it left the scene.

Wing Commander Lane explained flooding has become a hot topic due to recent events around the country, making the exercise especially relevant.


By Matt Hewitt