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Emergency response crews tested

Grangemouth petro chemical works
MICC was set up to deal with an emergency at the petro chemical works

An exercise to test the response of the emergency services to a major incident at Grangemouth's giant petro-chemical plant is taking place.

The exercise, involving dozens of police, fire, ambulance crews and members of Falkirk Council and industry staff, will last about three hours.

Personnel are taking part in 'live action' training, at the Forth Ports site near the town's docks.

The exercise is organised by the area's Major Incident Control Committee.

The body was set up almost 40 years ago to deal with any serious incident within the Grangemouth petro-chemical works.

Sandy Todd, chairman of the organisation, said: 'We exercise regularly to fully test our established plans and to ensure that all the agencies can work together effectively to deal with any emergency situation.

"Our aim is to protect the public as far as possible from the effects of a major incident and to ensure their safety both during and after the incident.

"These exercises are important and will help agencies improve their plans in the future."

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