Why Training an Exercising is important?

Training and Exercising is regarded as an integral part of the emergency planning process. We have a varied number of training courses that responders have to attend some arranged locally and some at various national venues. A list of what we do is below.  


Exercises have three main purposes:

  • To validate emergency plans
  • To train staff, develop key staff competencies and give them practice in carrying out their roles as outlined within emergency plans; and
  • To test well-established procedures
  • Exercises bring together those that may be involved in incident response and allow them to scrutinise decisions made around a fictitious scenario. Scenarios are usually based upon local risks and reflect reality as far as is practicable.

After any exercise, emergency plans should be reviewed and amended from lessons learned before the process starts again.




Additional information

Loggist Training

The loggist training is a 1-day programme which covers the role of the loggist with a particular emphasis on recording the decisions and action made at meetings connected with an incident. 

ResilienceDirect Training

This is familiarisation training on how to operate ResilienceDirect (RD). This website tool is hosted by the Cabinet Office and allows partners to work in a secure area to hold planning documents, manage the information for a response and work with live mapping. The LRF run a regular online exercise on RD for its partners called Exercise Laurel to ensure they remain familiar with the response function.

MAGIC Training

MAGIC or Multi Agency Gold Incident Command training is for our strategic level executives, the decision makers. This training is run by the College of Policing.

Rest Centre Training

A rest centre is a premises which provides short term shelter, warmth and refreshments to evacuated communities for up to 72 hours. This training is carried out internally with Local Authority volunteers so that they can support and run a rest centre.

STAC Training

STAC stands for the Science and Technical Advice Cell and is used to help us work out some of the specific problems that may occur in a major incident. It brings together out health teams and local specialists. This training is for those who run and work in a STAC.




Here is a list of the upcoming LRF exercises:






 Exeter Airport Exercise



Newquay Airport Exercise

Command and Control


Plymouth Maritime Exercise



Devonport Exercise


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