Hierachy of Exercises
This article discusses the hierarchy of exercises used to test emergency plans. It lists the factors that may determine the style of exercise to be used.
Heirachy of Exercises, discussion style exercises, deployment style exercises, emergency plans, emergency exercises, evacuation drills
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Hierachy of Exercises

Heirachy of exercises

Hierachy of Exercises

When considering exercising an emergency plan a number of factors need to be considered when selecting the most appropriate style of exercise to run.
These factors include:
• the objectives of the exercise
• the current knowledge and skills of the participants in emergency management (capability)
• the target group (emergency control organisation or the entire workplace)
• the frequency of exercises
• the time available to conduct an exercise
• the available funding
The hierarchy of training demonstrates that where capability of personnel is low then discussion style exercises may be more appropriate. These exercises are generally lower cost and require less time to prepare and conduct. As the level of skills of personnel improves then exercises should progress to a deployment style exercise. These exercises take longer to plan, often require significant resourcing and are more expensive to conduct, however they are a true test of an emergency plan and an excellent learning experience for staff. Where possible an invitation should be provided to emergency services to participate in both discussion and deployment style exercises.

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