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25/02/2016

McGee provides support for Exercise Unified Response

As a long established London business, McGee is proud to have played an important role in supporting London Fire Brigade with the resources and materials to help transform a disused power station, located near the Dartford River Crossing, into the scene of a major incident incorporating heavy transport and mass casualties.  It’s all part of Exercise Unified Response (EUR), the biggest multi-agency training exercise in London Fire Brigade’s history which will take place between 29th February 2016 and 3rd March 2016.  The size and scale of the exercise is set to be unprecedented.

EUR will involve the implementation of all aspects of a response to a major incident.  The exercise will be conducted simultaneously at four separate venues in central and south east London as well as the ‘live’ element taking place at Littlebrook Power Station, near Dartford in Kent.

All of London’s emergency response organisations including local and national authorities will be involved in the exercise, along with specialised teams from across the UK, Hungary, Italy and Cyprus.

John McGee, Director, said: “We supported our friends at the London Fire Brigade in 2014 to help create the plane crash site in east London, so when we were approached again last year to help with Exercise Unified Response, we had no hesitation in agreeing.

“We’ve since donated over 700 tonnes of materials from our London construction sites, provided the transport to get it to the power station, and the specialist equipment and labour to get it all into place to create a very realistic training environment for participants.”

Commenting on McGee’s involvement in EUR, Andrew Roe, London Fire Brigade’s Group Manager – Operational Policy and Rescue said: “McGee’s staff and equipment have been instrumental in creating what is the largest disaster training environment ever seen in the UK.  Without their support, generous donation of materials and expertise we would never have been able to achieve the scale or standard of build we have.  It is an absolute pleasure to have worked with the McGee team again, and special mention must go to John, Tom, Glen and Emma in particular, for their patience, good humour and ‘can do’ attitude.”

McGee representatives will attend the EUR VIP day on 1st March where they will experience a unique opportunity to witness the UK’s largest ever emergency response exercise.

The exercise is not in response to any specific threat and forms part of London Fire Brigade’s continuous programme of training exercises.

To find out more about Exercise Unified Response, watch the launch film here.