CDETB now has a standardised Critical Incident Management Plan (CIMP) similar to that used by the Principal Response Agencies (PRA’s). Recently an emergency exercise took place in Coláiste Caoímhín, organised by Greg Flanagan the CDETB Risk Management Officer, and attended by senior staff from across the organisation. The aim of the exercise was to examine the actions, priorities and tasks of the team dealing with the response and recovery phase of a critical incident and to introduce the Information Management System.
A realistic scenario was presented and facilitated by experts who work in emergency management from the Principal Response Agencies. There was also a short briefing from Caroline Martin, Chief Psychologist with the CDETB Psychological Services and Inspector John Ferris of the Garda Press Office.
Participants took part wholeheartedly in the emergency exercise. Everyone in the room has experienced critical incidents and the ethos of the organisation kicked in which is to work like a team, put students first, give our full support to those experiencing the incident, preserve the dignity and confidentiality of students and their families and provide students and staff with all the support services at our disposal.
CEO Jacinta Stewart thanked the facilitators for their invaluable inputs and the expert guidance and support they gave throughout the exercise. Everyone agreed that they received valuable new insights and much was learned throughout the morning.
Pictured above holding the Critical Incident Management Plan are l/r Ann Reilly Principal Coláiste Caoímhín, Greg Flanagan the CDETB Risk Management Officer, Jacinta Stewart CEO CDETB, Inspector John Ferris An Garda Siochana and Derek Cheevers, District Officer Dublin Fire Brigade.
Staff are pictured during the morning intently participating in the exercise.