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Unified Response 2016, Dartford, UK

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Unified Response was an exercise set up by London Fire Service to test the response capabilities of various emergency services. It would bring together London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU), Network Rail and the Highways Agency to respond to the initial incident. Support teams from across the UK and Europe would join the exercise as its seriousness and extent was realised.

The exercise was conducted simultaneously at four separate venues in central and south east London. The main event was set in a disused power station located near the Dartford river crossing, where the scenario of a building collapse into Waterloo Tube station had taken place.

In total eight train carriages were buried in the rubble, with over 1000 casualties inside. Over 3000 volunteers were at the initial incident to replicate passengers in and around the tube station. A major incident was then announced and the mobilisation and coordination of the various emergency services began.

Although the exercise was played out over four consecutive days it was managed in “incident time” which means by day four, casualties had been trapped for up to 36 hours.

orve+wrap was used in all areas, from the severely wounded to those who may have been or were likely to suffer from mild hypothermia.

orve+wrap was also given to the casualties who were waiting to go “live” into the exercise, as it was extremely cold in the waiting areas. Casualties were then placed into the train carriages just prior to that particular carriage being found.  This was a very fluid exercise and the timing depended on the search and rescue teams finding the next carriage.

Multimovers were used for the extraction of casualties where space was tight or if the casualty was cleared of any spinal injury.  It was also used in conjunction with a spinal board to provide extra handles for support when lifting.

Linen Packs were used in the medical tents and to transport casualties to an ambulance for the journey to hospital.

Blue Fleece Blankets were used in all areas once the casualty had been extracted.

Although you hope a situation like this would never occur it is amazing to see our products, which are designed in conjunction with clinicians, performing as expected and making a positive difference to those in need.

Take a look at what an amazing job the Emergency Services did!