London Fire Brigade

Shard provides training backdrop for firefighters

04 December 2012

London’s firefighters will be testing their emergency response skills at the capital’s newest landmark building when they undertake a training exercise at The Shard this weekend.

Working with the London Bridge Quarter Estate Management team, the exercise is also an opportunity to practice the building’s evacuation procedures before The Shard opens to visitors and tenants next year.

Fifteen fire engines and around 75 firefighters will take part in the exercise which will run between 12noon and 4.30pm on Sunday 9 December. The exercise will involve the evacuation of 300 volunteers from the upper floors of The Shard.

The London Fire Brigade has been closely involved in the construction and design of The Shard since its inception, advising on fire safety and ensuring that it is designed to the highest fire engineering specifications and tall building technologies.

London Fire Brigade‘s Head of Operations, Prevention and Response Dave Brown said: “London’s firefighters are highly skilled and it is our job to make sure that we are fully prepared for any challenge that we might face.  Exercises like this at The Shard are a key part of the Brigade’s normal training for the wide range of emergencies it is asked to respond to. Sunday’s exercise will also be an opportunity to practice evacuation procedures we have put in place at the building in conjunction with the London Bridge Quarter Estate Management team.”

Irvine Sellar, Partner of LBQ Limited and Chairman of Sellar Property Group said: “Safety and security is of paramount importance at London Bridge Quarter and The Shard, and working with the fire brigade to facilitate this training exercise gives us the opportunity to practice evacuation procedures in readiness for the building opening in 2013.”

London Fire Brigade carries out many of these large scale exercises on a regular basis all over the capital. Recent examples have included include an exercise at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich – one of many exercises undertaken in preparation for the Olympic Games; regular exercises at buildings around Canary Wharf and regular training exercises at London’s airports.