Emergency services carry out a drill for Europe’s biggest disaster response

Stephanie Linning — Mail Online Feb 29, 2016

‘Dead bodies are strewn over tube trains after a tower block collapses into a station’

Seven Tube carriages have been partially buried under thousands of tonnes of rubble that poured into a station when a building collapsed.

Hundreds of ‘dead’ bodies were today strewn across the horrifying scene of carnage, the victims of this major disaster.

These are the traumatic sights that scores of emergency service were faced with as they took part in the first day of Europe’s largest-ever disaster response training exercise.

The scenario involves a tower block collapsing on to the bustling Waterloo Tube station, which has been partially built in a disused power station in Kent.

Drill took more than a year of planning. click to enlarge

Drill took more than a year of planning. Click to enlarge

Over the next four days, some 2,000 blood-covered volunteers will act as ‘victims’, with fake sliced limbs and open wounds recreating the blood and gore of such a large scale incident.

Teams from four different countries will use the drill to put into practise the skills needed in the event of a major emergency, such as a terror attack.

To create the most realistic environment possible, Waterloo Underground station has been built and then ‘crushed’ at the disused Littlebrook power station in Dartford, Kent. A video taken from the scene captures actors pretending to be victims screaming in the aftermath of the building collapse.

drill police officers on the scene of the attack

Police officers train on the scene of the attack. Click to enlarge

With more than 1,000 casualties, thousands of tonnes of rubble, seven Tube carriages and hundreds of emergency service responders, Exercise Unified Response (EUR), co-ordinated by the London Fire Brigade, has been over a year in the planning.

It is the largest-ever training exercise in the 150 year history of the Brigade.

Actors have life-like injuries like the one pictured, painted onto their bodies to make the drill more realistic. Click to enlarge

Actors have life-like injuries like the one pictured, painted onto their bodies to make the drill more realistic. Click to enlarge

Actors with gory wounds take a quiet break before resuming their roles in the drill. Click to enlarge

Actors with gory wounds take a quiet break before resuming their roles in the drill. Click to enlarge

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