A WORTHING MP officially opened a state-of-the-art incident room at the Environment Agency’s Guildbourne House offices in Worthing on Monday.
Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, visited the newly refurbished room in Chatsworth Road, which will be used as a focal point for an emergency response to environmental incidents.
The tactical command centre will be used to co-ordinate a response to drought, flooding and pollution incidents in Sussex, allowing operational staff to link better together with other emergency responders and other incident centres.
James Humphrys, Environment Agency area manager said: “It is crucial that we lead the way in setting new standards in response to environmental incidents like flooding or pollution.
“This innovative command centre demonstrates that we are now even better prepared to respond and deal with an emergency when it occurs.”
The room will be equipped with a new, innovative communications network, CCTV and new audio and visual technologies.
Sir Peter said: “The Environment Agency is bringing in quick and reliable communications. I welcome this.
“When things go wrong, they will be able to link effectively with partners and the response teams. They will be able to inform local people, so we all gain.”
Members of the public are encouraged to report any incidents of pollution to the Environment Agency’s 24-hour emergency hotline on 0800 807060.