Published: 29 February 2016 at 14:10
Volunteers from three courses playing their part in simulated 'station collapse'
Students from Anglia Ruskin University are taking part in Europe’s biggest ever disaster training exercise, attended by hundreds of emergency service personnel.
Firefighters, ambulance staff, police and other agencies are participating in the Exercise Unified Response (EUR) exercise, based on a building collapsing on a tube station in London. Among the ‘casualties’ are 150 Anglia Ruskin students studying Paramedic Science, 10 studying the Public Service course and 10 studying Criminology.
An entire tube station has been recreated and ‘crushed’ on the site of a disused power station near the Thames river crossing, with seven tube carriages, 1,000 ‘casualties’ and thousands of tonnes of rubble forming the scene of devastation.
The exercise is designed to make sure emergency services, local authorities and other agencies have a co-ordinated response plan should a disaster happen in the UK. It is supported by the European Union and is testing European-wide response and aid to a mass-casualty incident, with rescue teams being mobilised from as far afield as Hungary, Italy and Cyprus.
Members of UK and European Parliaments are also attending to observe the exercise, which is taking part over four days, 24 hours a day. Co-ordinated by the London Fire Brigade, it is the biggest training exercise in the Brigade’s 150-year history.
Dr Ruth Jackson, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Science at Anglia Ruskin, said:
Julian Constable, Senior Lecturer in Public Services at Anglia Ruskin, said: