Public Services students supporting Barnsley Council.

Students visited Barnsley Council staff to support and advise them with their evacuation plans.

Students played the role of evacuees in an emergency, with each playing a member of the public. The aim of the session was to test the council’s contingency plans when evacuating members of the public. Students were then given the opportunity to feedback to the council, giving recommendations and suggestions on how the plan could be improved.

Devan McCutcheon, 19, of Kendray, Barnsley said: “I really enjoyed playing a part in the council’s contingencies planning exercises, it was a very informative and it provided me with experience I can use in the future.”

Mick Birro, Barnsley Council’s Civil Contingencies Advisor, added: “The students’ behaviour and attitude was exemplary. They really got into their roles and gave our staff a realistic experience of managing people in a difficult and stressful environment. Each student played their part in helping us achieve our aims and objectives for the day and we have picked up some valuable learning, which will shape future training and real life incident responses.”

Last updated: 15th June 2017

Originally posted on: 15th June 2017

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