Students take part in Europe's biggest disaster training exercise

9th March 2016

81 Uniformed Public Services students from Barking & Dagenham College took part in in Europe?s biggest disaster drill recently. <br><br>The four-day Exercise Unified Response and simulated a tower block collapsing into Waterloo Underground station, packed with passengers.

It was staged at Littlebrook power station, Dartford and included some 2,000 volunteers playing casualties amid upturned Tube trains and thousands of tons of rubble.

London Fire Brigade organised the massive exercise involving more than 70 organisations; hundreds of people were required to play the part of the passengers and the Fire Brigade approached Barking & Dagenham College to help by supplying students to act as casualties; Public Services Lecturers Errol Seaman and Tim Bamforth-White jumped at the opportunity, offering the services of 81 students, across 3 days.

Pictured above: Student Zeynel Bakir, 17, from Dagenham showing the mock head wound created with make-up.

Tutor Tim Bamforth-White accompanied a group of Level 3 Uniformed Public Services Students on the last day of the exercise (Thursday 3rd March):

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our Public Services students to witness first-hand how the emergency services respond to a major incident.

“They were able to get a sense of the scale of such an emergency and the planning, organisation and levels of communication and teamwork necessary to manage an incident of this magnitude. I am very grateful to the organisers for providing the opportunity, which the students really benefited from.”

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