Emergency services hold training incident at Queensgate

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Emergency services have been at Queensgate shopping centre in Peterborough this evening (Wednesday, September 18) as part of a training exercise.

Police, fire and ambulance were all at the city centre building from 6pm until 10pm taking part in Operation Hotfoot,

Police, fire and ambulance service exercise at Queensgate

Police, fire and ambulance service exercise at Queensgate

The scenario involved a promotional car on fire inside the shopping centre, at the foot of the escalators at North Square, resulting in multiple casualties.

Helping on the night were students from Peterborough Regional College made up to look like casualties.

Organised by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Resilience Forum (CPLRF), the exercise was held to ensure that all those taking part can work together seamlessly, should an incident of this scale ever happen in the county.

As well as testing emergency response arrangements, the exercise was a test of how social media can be used to help keep members of the public informed about key safety advice.

The organisations taking part in Exercise Hotfoot include: Queensgate Shopping Centre, Cambridgeshire Police, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, East Anglian Ambulance Trust, Peterborough City Council, Peterborough City Hospital, British Red Cross, Peterborough Regional College and St John’s Ambulance.