Community resilience plan is put to the test

Police, community volunteers and search and rescue teams took part in the community resilience exercise, filmed for the Scottish Government.
Police, community volunteers and search and rescue teams took part in the community resilience exercise, filmed for the Scottish Government.

A BORDERS community has been the first to test out a community resilience plan in a training exercise involving the police, rescue teams and council.

The ‘live play’ exercise involving Hutton and Paxton Community Council and local volunteers was filmed for the Scottish Government, to show how effective community resilience plans can be.

Jim Fraser, SBC’s emergency planning officer, said: “The mock exercise involved two missing walkers and saw the community group play a vital role in the co-ordinated search alongside the police and mountain rescue. Out of the 67 community councils in the Borders, 54 have either agreed to implement a resilient communities plan or are in the process of developing a plan. It means more Borderers can help each other, and be helped, during emergencies.”