Newham

Emergency exercise is no cause for alarm

25 April 2014 in Community safety
The London Fire Brigade is hosting one of the largest and most comprehensive training exercises in its history this weekend, with fire crews and other emergency services taking part in a major three-day exercise in Newham’s Royal Docks.
London Fire Brigade
The exercise will run from midday on Saturday through to midday on Monday and will be held at Millennium Mills, the derelict Victorian mill building in Silvertown.

The exercise aims to test local and national emergency response procedures to a major incident in the capital.  More than 220 emergency service personnel from London and across the country will take part, including specialist Urban Search and Rescue teams from across the country, the Metropolitan Police Service, and London Ambulance Service. Newham Council’s emergency planning team are supporting the exercise.

The Fire Brigade are letting local people know about the exercise in advance because of the sheer number of emergency service personnel and vehicles that will be present in the local area for the duration of the exercise.

Wayne Brown, the Brigade’s Borough Commander for Newham, said: “There will be a large number of firefighters, police officers and paramedics in the Royal Docks area at the weekend. You may see a large number of fire engines, police cars and ambulances in the local area which will be taking part in the exercise. Some fake smoke and flames will be used to make the exercise seem as realistic as possible, so please don’t be alarmed if you see smoke or flames coming from the Millennium Mills building.

“We wanted to let local people know before the exercise begins to prevent people from worrying that something catastrophic has happened. I’d also like to remind people to only dial 999 if there is a genuine emergency. These training exercises are vital to ensure that the emergency services are ready and prepared, should a major incident happen in the capital.”