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

Don't worry, this is a drill.

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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.

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

Operation Unified Response is taking place today and will test how the fire service, police, and paramedics would respond to more than 1,000 casualties in central London.


As many as 70 partner agencies, including local councils and disaster identification teams from Germany and France, are taking part in the LFB-coordinated plans.

London's fire commissioner, Ron Dobson, said: "Exercises of this scale are important to ensure that we are always ready to respond no matter what happens.


"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.

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

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