London Fire Brigade

Exercise Unified Response launch conference audio clips

10 February 2016

An audio recording of the Exercise Unified Response (EUR) launch conference is now available.

EUR, which will be the biggest multi-agency exercise in the Brigade's history, was successfully launched at a conference at Guildhall, London, on Wednesday 20 January.

The event, which was supported by 4C strategies and the City of London Corporation, discussed the use of the EU Protocol and was organised by the London Fire Brigade on behalf of the London Resilience Partnership.

The conference was opened by London Fire Brigade Commissioner Ron Dobson and other speakers included:

  • Peter Cowup – Assistant Commissioner & EUR project sponsor, London Fire Brigade 
  • Craig Mackey – Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service 
  • Dr Fiona Moore – Chief Executive, London Ambulance Service
  • John Barradell – Chief Executive, City of London Corporation
  • 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

Conference topics included an explanation of EUR and the EU civil protection mechanism.

The conference also provided police, ambulance service and local authority perspectives on emergency preparednesstogether with UK and EU experiences of civil protection and best practise from past EU-sponsored exercises.

EUR is a four day training exercise taking 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 highly realtistic rescue scene that depicts a building collapse on to a central London underground station. This 'live' element of EUR is taking place at Littlebrook Power Station, near Dartford in Kent.