London Fire Brigade

Background

There are currently several major subsurface construction projects across the capital, such as Crossrail, upgrades to the London Underground, as well as major infrastructure tunnelling work linked to the provision of utilities.

significant incident in central London highlighted how such hidden risk can present major challenges for the emergency services and present a range of impacts on local communities and the capital as a whole.

As the amount of tunnelling and large foundations for buildings rises in London and across the EU, there is much to be learnt from exercising this scenario, which will be transferable to other EU states, particularly large cities.

The scenario was built on learning from the EU UpSafety project, which was aimed at improving rescue and civil protection measures in underground facilities, and learning from EUR will be applicable to future EU projects in this field.

The exercise provided an opportunity to promote London as a resilient, global city, to bring public and private sector agencies together and test a range of protocols and arrangements associated with a catastrophic incident, some of which, including the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, are seldom activated either for real or for training/exercise purposes.

Project team

The exercise was led by a core team of ten, bringing expertise and experience from across a wide range of roles.