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Oslo sees largest ever emergency exercise. The Norwegian capital’s inhabitants will notice several major events in the Norwegian capital, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Norway’s Directorate for Civil Protection’s (DSB) Harbour Ex15 is the biggest civil national full scale rescue and emergency exercise that has ever been arranged in Norway. Officials say that a field training exercise with scenarios connected to operations at Sydhavna, which will see an explosion around 9 am on Tuesday, is to be conducted “as part of efforts to strengthen the ability to handle an accident in Oslo’s main harbour.”

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Oslo sees largest ever emergency exercise

Published on Monday, 27th April, 2015 at 22:46 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 28th April 2015 at 06:40.

The Norwegian capital’s inhabitants will notice several major events in the Norwegian capital, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Oslo skyline
Oslo skyline
Photo: Inez Dawczyk/The Foreigner


Norway’s Directorate for Civil Protection’s (DSB) Harbour Ex15 is the biggest civil national full scale rescue and emergency exercise that has ever been arranged in Norway.

Officials say that a field training exercise with scenarios connected to operations at Sydhavna, which will see an explosion around 9 am on Tuesday, is to be conducted “as part of efforts to strengthen the ability to handle an accident in Oslo’s main harbour.”

An overall assessment regarding the state of safety conditions in the peninsula of Sjursøya at Sydhavna, a container and petroleum port, and which serves as the primary oil port for Eastern Norway, has revealed that it is an area with increased risk, according to them.

Among the scenarios played out during the Harbour Ex15 exercise are a fire in a tank at Sjursøya and a mass evacuation of residents in the area including pre-schools and schools, Tuesday.

According to Aftenposten, the affected educational institutions will be Nedre Bekkelaget School, Nedre Bekkelaget pre-school, Kongshavn Upper Secondary School, Oslo Sjøskole, Sørenga pre-school, and Sørengkaia pre-school.

Wednesday will see a ship collision with an accompanying fictitious oil leak exercise in the area between Ulvøya – an inhabited island in the inner part of Oslofjorden – and Katten municipal beach at Bunnefjorden in the borough Nordstrand.

People in the area will observe clouds of smoke and emergency vehicles in use in large parts of the capital during the exercise. Oslo municipality says people should keep calm.

“It is important that everyone is prepared for what is going to happen. Tell those nearest to you that there will be an exercise in the area, and that they will see many emergency vehicles, and a lot of smoke – which is not dangerous. Those involved in the exercise and those being evacuated have received information about this,” Oslo municipality writes on its webpages.

“Remember that this is an exercise and that you do not need to notify the emergency services. Stay calm and keep your distance,” officials add. No roads will be closed.

Those agencies participating in Harbour Ex15 are:

  • European Commission, The EU Civil Protection Mechanisme, Monitoring and Information Centre
  • Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Sweden
  • Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection
  • Norwegian Directorate for Health
  • National Police Directorate
  • Oslo Police District
  • The Norwegian Public Roads Administration
  • Yilport Holding Inc.
  • Norwegian National Rail Administration
  • County Governor of Oslo and Akershus
  • Oslo Municipality, including Oslo Emergency Planning Agency
  • Norwegian Armed Forces
  • South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Akershus University Hospital
  • Emergency Support Unit, Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security
  • The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Delegation of the European Union to Norway
  • Greater Gothenburg Fire and Rescue Service (RSG), Sweden
  • Upper Austrian Fire Brigade Association, Austria
  • Crisis Management Centre, Finland
  • Affected Districts, City of Oslo
  • Oslo Port
  • Oslo Fire and Rescue Services
  • Norwegian Civil Defense
  • Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC)
  • Statoil Fuel and Retail
  • Uno-X
  • Directorate for Emergency Communication
  • Norwegian Coastal Administration
  • Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • Oslo University Hospital
  • Norwegian Armed Forces, including the Coast Guard
  • Norwegian Meteorological Institute
  • The American, Canadian, and British Embassies

In 2010, a runaway goods train and goods cars crashed at Sjursøya, killing three and injuring four, three of them seriously.



Published on Monday, 27th April, 2015 at 22:46 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 28th April 2015 at 06:40.

This post has the following tags: emergency, rescue, oslo, exercise.





  
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