The Sussex Resilience Forum, in collaboration with the local Maritime and Coastguard Agency, successfully conducted a training exercise at the western end of Seaford Beach on Wednesday, May 17. The exercise, held between the Buckle and the Sailing Club, aimed to strengthen preparedness for potential oil spills that could pose a threat to the coastline.
From 9 am to 4 pm, approximately 55 individuals received comprehensive beach supervisor training as part of the exercise. Notably, representatives from 10 local councils spanning East Sussex, West Sussex, and Kent actively participated in the Beach Master training, highlighting the importance of interregional cooperation in building resilience.
While the event itself was a simulated exercise, the Counter Pollution Exercise played a crucial role in equipping personnel with the essential skills and knowledge needed to effectively respond to oil spills that may occur along the coastline. By practicing response strategies and coordination techniques, authorities aimed to bolster their readiness and ensure a swift and efficient reaction should a real environmental threat emerge.