Calderdale Test Emergency Response Friday

Calderdale Council will be holding its biggest ever live training exercise across Calderdale on Friday 14 October 2016 and this will include testing flood warning sirens.

Operation Calderdale16 will test the emergency response of the Council, the emergency services and partners to a major flooding incident, including a live search and rescue.

Taking part will be a range of Council services, together with the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, West Yorkshire Police, the Environment Agency, the Canal & River Trust, Calder Valley Search and Rescue, Northern Powergrid and Together Housing.

The exact details of Operation Calderdale16 have not been fully disclosed, to test preparedness, as it is essential that staff and partners deal with the exercise as if it was a real-life incident.

As part of the exercise the flood sirens will be tested and the community hubs will be opened in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Elland and Brighouse.

Teams will also use the opportunity to test the Council’s new radio network, which should improve communication around the affected area during any incident.

You can find out more information about the exercise on Calderdale Council’s social media accounts by liking their Facebook page, following us on Twitter @Calderdale using the hashtag #OperationCdale16 or by visiting

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