Emergency services respond to ‘train collision’ in training exercise

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An emergency training exercise based on a train collision is being held close to St John’s railway station in Bedford on Sunday, June 8.

The multi-agency exercise to rehearse how the authorities respond in an emergency is being carried out from 7am until 5pm.

The exercise, run by the Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resilience Forum (BLLRF), is designed to test those organisations with statutory responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act to protect the public are well trained and prepared.

BLLRF is made up of a large number of organisations such as the police, fire and ambulance service, local authorities, health organisations, Environment Agency and on this occasion, the railway industry.

The scenario being tested today is a simulated collision involving a train. It will involve live-time ‘play’ and the public may be aware of activity by the emergency services in the area of St Johns Railway Station in Bedford between 7am and 5pm. There will also be volunteers acting the part of wounded members of the public

with realistic looking fake ‘injuries’ to help bring the scenario to life. No main train lines or the public will be affected.

Bedfordshire Police Chief Superintendent Mike Colbourne said exercising the response to such events is a key part of being prepared.

He said: “It is very important that we are prepared and ready to deal with any type of disaster should it ever come our way. Thankfully such incidents are very few and far between, however, planning and testing our response is a vital part of the work of the Resilience Forum.”