A major training exercise organised by the emergency services will take part in Leeds today. It's aimed at making sure big cities know what to do if disasters such as a chemical spill ever occur.
A mock-up train crash has been staged in Lincolnshire to test how well emergency crews could deal with the real thing. Hundreds of police, fire and ambulance teams were there. They had to deal with the accident as though it was unfolding for real in front of them as James Webster reports.
Members of the group Amputees In Action were invited to the reconstruction to play train crash victims. Make up was used to make them look as though they had been severely injured. Georgina Minter was one of those role-playing and said it was good to help 999 crews understand what they may face.
The group Amputees in Action is assisting emergency crews with their reconstruction of a major disaster to test 999 teams' response. They are providing people who have lost limbs as actors to be made up to look like casualties of the fake train crash and add to the realism of the day's events.
One of Lincolnshire's emergency planners says today's exercise at Waddington helps crews prepare for major incidents that could happen in the county. Ian Reed from Lincolnshire County Council says it is really important that different agencies learn how they would work together in such a case.
The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police says exercises like that being staged at Waddington today are absolutely vital for his teams. Neil Rhodes has been viewing the mock train crash which has been staged for 999 crews as well as Network Rail and the Environment Agency to respond to.
The man whose job it has been to make a mock train crash in Lincolnshire look as realistic as possible says he is impressed with how it has turned out. Spencer Creek from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue says the use of actors with amputated limbs has helped test the response of emergency crews.
A mock train crash simulation is underway in Lincolnshire to test how emergency crews would deal with such a disaster. The scenario being reconstructed is a crash between a train and a tractor at a level crossing. Several carriages end up on their side trapping people in the wreckage.
Emergency crews are working to reach actors, some of them amptuees, who have been placed in the wreckage to act as victims.
There are warnings that drivers in Lincolnshire are 'likely to see an increase in volume of emergency vehicles but there is no cause for alarm'. Emergency services will spend two days training using a mock train crash at Waddington near Lincoln.
The exercise is a full-scale simulated train crash involving hundreds of professionals and they will be joined by up to 80 volunteers at the 'survivor reception centre' between Newark and Grantham.