Exercise Hotfoot tests major incident response

A scene from Exercise Hotfoot at Peterborough's Queensgate shopping centre.
A scene from Exercise Hotfoot at Peterborough's Queensgate shopping centre.

More than 300 people, including 150 volunteers from Peterborough Regional College, took part in a planned multi-agency exercise in

Peterborough on Wednesday September 18).

Exercise Hotfoot took place at Queensgate Shopping Centre between 6pm and 10pm and was designed to test the response of emergency services, local authorities and other partners.

The exercise was based around a scenario involving a promotional car on fire in the shopping centre and multiple casualties.

It was organised by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Resilience Forum (CPLRF) to test plans for major incidents that require a multi-agency response.

The organisations who took part include: Queensgate Shopping Centre, Cambridgeshire Police, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, East Anglian Ambulance Trust, Peterborough City Council, British Red Cross, Peterborough Regional College and St John’s Ambulance.

Representatives from the agencies who took part will meet next week to hold a full debrief to identify what worked well and any learning opportunities from the exercise.

Robert Flute, Head of Resilience and Special Operations for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said:”Exercises such as these are an important part of our work to ensure we are prepared to respond to major incidents.

“It’s important these exercises are as realistic as possible in order for us to get the most out of them.

“I’d like to thank Queensgate and the volunteers from Peterborough Regional College for their help during the exercise.”