back to top

Emergency Services Are Practising What To Do If A Building Falls On A Train Station

Don't worry, this is a drill.

Posted on

If you've ever wondered how emergency services prepare for huge disasters, here is one way: by staging the simulation of a tower block falling on to a tube station.

Gareth Fuller / PA WIRE

The emergency services training exercise at Littlebrook Power Station in Dartford, Kent.

"You can't get this sort of experience from a textbook, we need to play it like it's real and ensure that, should the worst happen, our response is effective and well coordinated."

Here's a video showing how the fake disaster site was built.

View this video on YouTube

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Patrick Smith at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.