GALLERY: Inside Europe's biggest disaster training exercise

PUBLISHED: 11:05 01 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 01 March 2016

Unified Response Pic Credit: London Fire Brigade

Unified Response Pic Credit: London Fire Brigade


The training is taking place in Dartford

A training exercise from emergency response times across the capital is being held at the former site of Littlebrook Power Station in Dartford.

The mock-disaster training has recreated a training scenario at Waterloo train station, involving a building collapsing onto a tube station.

As part of the programme, named the exercise unified response (EUR), which also features teams from Cyprus, Italy and Hungary, the exercise will feature 1,000 casualties, thousands of tonnes of rubble, seven tube carriages and hundreds of emergency service responders.

EUR is being funded by the European Commission Exercise Program and is being coordinated by London Fire Brigade on behalf of the London Resilience Partnership.

The European Commission has funded the exercise to practise the Civil Protection Mechanism, which exists so that any European state can request assistance from other EU countries in preparation for or in the aftermath of a disaster.

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