The Ruapehu Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) is holding a multi-agency training exercise based on simulations of Mt Ruapehu erupting.

Led by the Ruapehu District Council, the agencies involved include Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St John Ambulance and the police, as well as the New Zealand Defence Force, Department of Conservation, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, and GNS Science.

Some local health services, iwi and media will also be involved, with participation from civil defence personnel from outside of the region.

Ruapehu emergency management officer Nick Watson wants to assure the public the exercise is going ahead as routine and the Crater Lake is cooling, meaning there has been no increased volcanic activity prompting the exercise.

He said only those close to the scene will be aware it’s going on.

“You’ll hear sirens if you are on the ski field, you’ll hear sirens in the village of Whakapapa, but the average general public won’t see a lot of difference in their daily life.”

Emergency services like police and ambulance will still be available to the public if necessary.

Source: Newshub (Jamie Ensor, Ella Prendergast)

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