Volunteers will be assigned role characters so they can provide details and give information at a survivor reception centre which would be set up in the aftermath of a major incident.
Involving a number of partner organisations including Sutton Council, Met Police, London Fire Brigade and British Red Cross, the exercise will test emergency response procedures, coordination and collaboration when responding to a major incident.
The exercise is being undertaken to improve the preparedness of participating agencies and will ensure the best possible support can be provided to residents and communities during such emergencies.
In support of the incident scenario, London Fire Brigade is running a decontamination exercise with a decontamination tent on the grounds of Sutton Life Centre for volunteers to experience - complete with special suits to cover everyday clothes.
The volunteers will be required at Sutton Life Centre on Wednesday, 18 November, with registration at 9:30am and the exercise running from 10:00-16:00hrs. Around 50 places are available for volunteer ‘survivors’, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Mike Lewis from the SSPS Emergency Planning team said: “Role card characters will be mainly distressed and anxious to create the realism of what you would be feeling in an actual major incident. How much volunteers wish to enact their character is entirely up to them.”
To volunteer, contact Mike Lewis on 020 8649 0608 or email to Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of days in advance of the event, volunteers will receive a pack providing such details as timings, exercise format and what survivors can expect, although role cards describing the character parts will only be issued on the actual day. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.