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Emergency Response Open Day in Portsmouth

Members of the public will get the chance to see the workings of disaster relief, including geo-mapping, flood relief, and rescuing those stranded at sea or on mountains or after earthquakes, in Portsmouth next week.

Emergency responses rescuers in orange suits operating a winch to rescue a person from a pile of rubble.

The Open Day is part of the SIMEX emergency disaster simulation series.

The Emergency Response Open Day on Tuesday 19 March from 10am to 4pm will include demonstrations, displays and talks from those working at the frontline of emergency services worldwide. There will also be talks from University researchers into disaster management and response.

Portsmouth Guildhall will host an indoor exhibition area with an external display area in Guildhall square.

The event is part of the annual SIMEX series, the world’s largest annual international disaster simulation exercise, run by the University of Portsmouth and Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

Phil Crook, SIMEX Series Director, said: “This event is a great opportunity for the public to find out about the skilled, dedicated and effective emergency response personnel who respond to events here in the UK and around the world. They represent the very best organisations in the country and further afield and we look forward to talking to people about how we help in the aftermath of some of the world’s biggest humanitarian disasters.

This event is free and open to the public. Through the University of Portsmouth’s outreach programme, all local schools, colleges and universities will be invited to attend with their students.

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