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Firefighters, police and ambulance crews tackle 'mock emergency' at airport car park

PUBLISHED: 12:59 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:59 21 June 2019

Stansted Airport staff and emergency services teamed up for a mock emergency exercise, a car fire in the new multi-storey car park at the Essex airport Picture: LONDON STANSTED AIRPORT

Stansted Airport staff and emergency services teamed up for a mock emergency exercise, a car fire in the new multi-storey car park at the Essex airport Picture: LONDON STANSTED AIRPORT

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Sirens sounded and more than 60 staff and volunteers have taken part in an exercise testing how Stansted Airport would tackle an emergency situation inside its new multi-storey car park.

Sirens sounded and blue lights were on display during the exercise at the Essex airport Picture: LONDON STANSTED AIRPORTSirens sounded and blue lights were on display during the exercise at the Essex airport Picture: LONDON STANSTED AIRPORT

The mock exercise involved the airport's fire service, Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, the East of England Ambulance Service and the Casualties Union.

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It featured a car fire with volunteer casualties wearing make-up, which depicted life-like injuries.

Airport development lead James Bruce said: "The exercise presented a challenge you hope you would never actually have to experience, but it's reassuring to know that if we were to have a major incident in the new multi-storey car park we have the plans, procedures and teams in place to deal with it."

Volunteer Casualties Union member Marion Clarke, from Ipswich, plays a victim in the emergency exercise which took place at Stansted Airport this week. Picture: LONDON STANSTED AIRPORTVolunteer Casualties Union member Marion Clarke, from Ipswich, plays a victim in the emergency exercise which took place at Stansted Airport this week. Picture: LONDON STANSTED AIRPORT

The six-storey car park, a short walk from the main terminal, will open to travellers on July 1 and is the first multi-storey to be built at the Essex airport.

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