Multi Agency Emergency Drill at UIG

Here at UIG ferry terminal, everyone took part in a Multi-agency emergency drill, exercise carried out on SPI Piling Ltd.’s (On hire from R7M) floating plant last night, the exercise was for a crush injury and incorporated all of the local emergency services.

SPI Piling Ltd, (Including R7M) along with RJ McLeod and The Highland Council (including UIG Harbour, operated by the Highland Council) were delighted to be invited to be part of this fundamental training exercise.

The main purposes of this exercise were to carry out the emergency planning for an event that may arise.

These types of exercises have 3 main purposes:

  • to validate plans
  • to develop staff competencies and give them practice in carrying out their roles in emergency plans (training)
  • to test well-established procedures.

Exercises are both a type of training, and a distinct type of preparedness in emergency management.

The government aims to ensure all organisations are fully prepared for all types of emergencies.

Integral to that is the practising and testing of all the elements of emergency plans. Including emergency services and emergency preparedness of other agencies and operators.

Training staff who are involved in emergency planning and response is fundamental to an organisation’s ability to handle any type of emergency.  

This exercise involved HM Coastguard, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, UIG Harbour, R7M, SPI Piling Ltd and RJ McLeod.


Live exercises are a live rehearsal for implementing a plan. Such exercises are particularly useful for testing logistics, communications, and physical capabilities.

They also make excellent training events from the point of view of experiential learning, helping participants develop confidence in their skills and providing experience of what it would be like to use the plan’s procedures in a real event. Where the latter purposes are, in fact, the main objective of the exercise, then it is essentially a training exercise or practice drill.

Live exercises are expensive to set up on the day and demand the most extensive preparation.

This exercise went very well and reported that all companies and staff involved preformed at a very high level.

Well Done to to all Involved.

Scotland’s Trading Name for SPI Piling Ltd
HM Coastguard
Scottish Fire and Rescue
Scottish ambulance service
Highland Council