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On behalf of the London Resilience Partnership, we hosted Exercise Unified Response, the biggest multi-agency training exercise in our history.
Exercise Unified Response is part of the European Commission Exercise Program and was co-funded under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
Exercise Unified Response was a large scale and complex, live and command post exercise, which was held between 29 February 2016 and 3 March 2016.
The exercise was conducted simultaneously at four separate venues in central and south-east London, as well as at a disused power station located near the Dartford river crossing.
The scenario was based on a significant building collapse, incorporating heavy transport and mass casualties.
All of London's emergency response organisations, including local and national authorities, were involved along with specialised teams from across the UK and from Hungary, Italy and Cyprus.
The Emergency Response Coordination Centre also took part and the exercise was designed to validate protocols and coordination arrangements at the responder, tactical and strategic level.
A key aim of the exercise was to test the capital's emergency services' ability to work effectively with each other and with other key agencies from across the UK and Europe.
EUR was also designed to validate arrangements for integrating assistance from specialist teams, such as those responsible for Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), which are based elsewhere in the UK and in other countries inside the EU, which had only been tested once before.
The exercise proved to be a huge success and generated interest across the globe. The evaluation report has delivered over 70 recommendations, which are aimed to improve the emergency services ability to respond to a major incident.
Overall EUR demonstrated London to be a resilient global city. This was visible at the Croydon Tram derailment and Westminster Bridge attack, where crews, who had trained together at EUR and had built professional relationships, worked closely to successfully resolve both incidents.
Following agencies participated in Exercise Unified Response: