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The event aims to replicate a quake striking simultaneously across the UK, with similar exercises taking place at the same time in Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire and Merseyside.
A MAJOR European Union disaster exercise will be staged in Hampshire in September.
It has the potential to be the largest emergency exercise involving international co-operation ever held.
Organisers are now warning that due to the scale of the operation, it may lead to disruptions in different parts of the county. The M3 services at Fleet will be particularly affected as it will be used as a strategic holding post for international responders. Rescue teams from across Europe and beyond will descend on the county for the largest urban search and rescue (USAR) exercise ever held in the UK.
Hampshire firefighters will be joined by several UK fire service teams as well as specialist international teams from Sweden, Norway, Germany, Spain and the United Arab Emirates for Exercise Orion
Source: Rescue teams to gather for major disaster exercise
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is playing host to a major European exercise this September. Funded by the European Union, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will be taking part in a multi agency disaster exercise to test resilience and European partnership working.
Exercise Orion is being led by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service but the practical element is being hosted at Fort Widley in Hampshire from September 6 to September 10. It will be a simulated earthquake scenario with the epicentre under Fort Widely on Portsdown Hill, outside Portsmouth. This unlikely scenario has been selected to test parts of the UK’s national resilience and how international help might be incorporated in a catastrophic emergency.
Exercise Orion will test the UK’s response to this large-scale disaster to the limit, eventually exhausting some specialist aspects of UK capacity. At this point the Cabinet Office will activate an assistance request from other countries through the EU civil protection mechanism.
Source: Exercise Orion - 6 to 10 September 2010 - (All official info from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service)