London Fire Brigade

Exercise Unified Response launch conference

22 December 2015

Exercise Unified Response (EUR) will officially launch at a conference in London next month.

The day long seminar taking place at the Guildhall, London, on Wednesday 20 January, will discuss the use of the EU Protocol and has been organised by the London Fire Brigade on behalf of the London Resilience Partnership.

This event has been generously supported by 4C strategies and the Corporation of London.

EUR will be the biggest multi-agency exercise in the Brigade's history and the four day training exercise will take place between 29 February and 3 March 2016 at various locations is central and south east London.

EUR will involve the implementation of all aspects of the response to a major incident, with the 'incident' itself involving a building collapse on to a central London underground station which is taking place at Littlebrook Power Station, near Dartford in Kent.


A view of the site for the live exercise part of Unified Response.

Other key aspects of the response will be practised at the Metropolitan Police Service's coordinating centre and a military barracks, which will act as a holding and rest area for responders and equipment before they are committed to the scene.

All of London's emergency response organisations including local and national authorities are participating in the exercise, together with specialised teams from across the UK and from Hungary, Italy and Cyprus.

Speakers

The conference will be opened by London Fire Brigade Commissioner Ron Dobson and speakers include:

  • Peter Cowup - Assistant Commissioner & EUR project sponsor, London Fire Brigade
  • Craig Mackey - Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Gareth Bacon - Chairman, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and Chairman of the London Resilience Forum
  • Juha Auvinen - Head of European Commission Emergency Response Coordination Centre
  • Dr Aarti Anhal, UK Chief Operating Officer & David Paterson, Manager for Military Business Area in the UK and Ireland - 4C strategies

Seminar topics include an explanation of EUR and the EU civil protection mechanism, together with UK and EU experiences of civil protection and best practise from past EU-sponsored exercises.

The conference is now fully booked.

For more information about Exercise Unified Response, please email EUR@london-fire.gov.uk