Later this month, the emergency services and rail workers will join together to take part in a simulation of a major incident. The staged train and car crashes will take place in Bromley on Sunday 21st June.
The event will involve around 250 members of the emergency services alongside staff from Network Rail and Southeastern as well as volunteers. The exercise, which is being organised by London Fire Brigade, will take five hours.
There have been very few details released about exactly what will happen so that those taking part don’t know what to expect. This will help to make the scenario as realistic as possible. However, it will involve a road traffic accident that takes place on Lansdowne Road bridge and a derailed train that will require assistance between Bromley North and Sundridge Park.
The local fire service wants residents to be aware of the exercise in order to prevent any distress. The incident and the victims can appear very realistic, and they want residents to understand that it is just a simulated exercise.
The day will provide all of those involved with the chance to practise some of the skills that would be required if such a major incident actually takes place.
On 21st June, Lansdowne Road bridge will not be accessible to pedestrians. Local rail services will be unaffected because the line is not in use on Sundays.
Have you taken part in such an event before? Do you think it is a worthwhile activity for the emergency services?