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Europe's Biggest Disaster Training Exercise

In the first episode of our new series exploring the world's strangest day trips, Gavin Haynes joins the British emergency services as they dramatise a large-scale catastrophe.
June 3, 2016, 9:50am

A tower block falls on Waterloo station, eight tube carriages are crushed and large-scale emergency service procedures are activated. Gavin Haynes reports from the largest emergency exercise training event ever held in London.

The event – which cost £750,000, roped in 70 emergency organisations, 2,000 volunteers and even featured a fake morgue, hospital and tube station – was all orchestrated to prepare the British services and international teams for disaster.

Is this a glorified drama school exercise or Britain at its best preparing for the worst case scenario?