SimEx is an annual, three-day disaster simulation exercise run by the University of Portsmouth and Hampshire Fire and Rescue that Serve On is a huge part of. Not only do our teams take part and our equipment gets put to use but one of our very own members, Naomi Morris, is the Exercise Director. SimEx is all about collaboration, learning, knowledge-sharing and finding solutions for challenging and chaotic situations around the world. With over 2,000 participants today is the final day of the exercise and we'll be updating the website soon with more information on what we got up to but in the meantime here are some incredible images from Action Media International showing our guys on the ground (there's loads of great video content too on our Facebook page).
From dramatic tunnel rescues, to building collapses, car crashes and dams caving in on themselves it's been a full on few days extracting casualties and putting our skills to the test.
Working in the field to extract casualties as safely and quickly as possible as part of the biggest simulated exercise in the world. The best way to make sure teams know exactly what to do when disaster strikes for real.
If you've ever wondered what it takes to prepare for a disaster - this is it. Portsmouth. 3 days. National and International NGO's, UK ISAR, Emergency Services, Serve On, United Nations, Portsmouth University and Volunteer organisations test their capabilities.