Correspondance on Southend Airshow

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Dear Maritime and Coastguard Agency,

Can you please provide me with all internal and extenal correspondance relating in part or full to Southend Airshow made to Saul Stevens (Southend Deputy Manager) between 1st August 2014 to 31st May 2015.

Yours faithfully,

Dan Rodgers

Dear Maritime and Coastguard Agency,

Can you please advice of the reason of the delay on the above request and when an expected response can be expected?

Yours faithfully,

Dan Rodgers

DirectorateofMaritimeOperations, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Rodgers,

                Please find the second ZIP file attached, as described in
email Part 1.

 

Should you not receive any one of these emails please do get back to me.

 

Yours,

Mr Andy Cooper.

 

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DirectorateofMaritimeOperations, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Rodgers,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request. Please find attached, your response letter together with a compressed ZIP file containing the first set of emails. Due to the number of emails concerned and the size of the attachments involved, I am not able to send them all to you in a single response email due to the technical limitations of email servers. To work around this I have divided the emails into 3 compressed ZIP files marked as follows:

F0001446 Emails 1.zip
F0001446 Emails 2.zip
F0001446 Emails 3.zip

You should receive 3 emails (including this one), each having one of the above ZIP files attached. Should you not receive any one of these emails please do get back to me.

I hope this information is suitable for your purposes, should you have any further information requests you feel MCA can assist you with please do contact us again.

Yours,
Mr Andy Cooper.

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DirectorateofMaritimeOperations, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Rodgers,

                Please find the third ZIP file attached, as described in
email Part 1.

 

Should you not receive any one of these emails please do get back to me.

 

Yours,

Mr Andy Cooper.

 

P Subject to the need to keep up to date file records, please consider
your environmental responsibility before printing this email

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Dear DirectorateofMaritimeOperations,

Many thanks for the reply. Can you confirm once a FOI is made, are you able to extract the information direct from your network to ensure its accuracy or are you reliant on specific officers providing the information requested? I only ask as there appears to be a number of gaps in correspondance provided at this stage.

Yours sincerely,

Dan Rodgers

Gadawodd James Weston anodiad ()

Having had a good read of all the correspondence, and the final event management plan, I am very surprised that this wasn't cancelled sooner.

The plan in effect, for this size event, should 'break your toes' if dropped. This plan lacks the meat of a comprehensive plan, and really does say 'we didn't employ a safety officer to write this, we took it off the internet and adapted it'.

Some of the things that give those clues:

Radios - no detail as to who they are hired from, make and model, analogue or digital, control software or system used, spare batteries supplied (and spare handsets), how they propose to deal with interference on a channel. Let alone if they are using repeaters on the channels (and power source, backup battery capacity etc)
Check calls on the radios ? - seriously, tying up an entire channel for maybe 15 mins to do a check call. What happens if there's an emergency during this time ? Who has trained the volunteers on radio use ?. Modern digital radios can tell you what channel any of the radios on their network are on, and that they are switched on and available. Security manager doesn't even have a radio ?, and none of his team do too ?. Are they using their own ? - if so, they shouldn't be, as it takes time to disseminate messages - and stops them being able to use the emergency channel.
Comms between tactical commanders ? extra channel for them to use to co-ordinate ?.

Road closures - security on a road closure ????? really ???. They are trained for security, not traffic management. What qualifications do they have in traffic management ?
Even down to the lack of details on hi vis vests - are they poundland specials, or are they actually rated, and what is their rating (EN471). Does every vest give a specific role on the back and front, and do they have individual numbers on for identification (same with the badges, do they have a name on, or just 'steward')

Command and control- what on earth is going on here. Who are the people in the command post ? what qualifications do they have to be in there ? Who is trained as a radio controller, and what experience do they have ? are the comms (all outgoing and incoming) recorded ?
CCTV - are there cameras on the ground area to monitor for overcrowding ? is there a qualified operator in control ?

So many questions - no wonder the council, fire and police are looking wide eyed at the plan and what could happen to their lovely town. Looks like a bunch of very well meaning people, who haven't a clue about the organising of an event this size, and are trying to use the old 'it'll be all right jack' mentality to wing it.