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Appeal for volunteers – we need your help!

Birmingham Resilience Team are appealing for willing volunteers to play the role of casualties during an emergency exercise on Sunday 30 October 2011.

Police, firefighters, ambulance, hospital and other emergency personnel from across the region will be involved in testing important procedures in the event of an major emergency affecting Birmingham City Centre.  

The exercise, called Exercise Shield, will involve volunteers playing the part of survivors following a release of an unknown substance.  Some volunteers will be asked to remain at the scene of the incident, with some volunteers asked to arrive at local hospitals.  Emergency services and hospital staff will then respond the same as if a real emergency had occurred.

Volunteer casualties at a previous exercise

Volunteers will need to be available from 7:45am until 2pm. Refreshments and a certificate of appreciation will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed.

British Red Cross are organising volunteers on behalf of the exercise planning team; further information, including a registration form is available: download from here.

You can contact Ade Powney from the British Red Cross about volunteering for the exercise by e-mail, or by phoning 0121 359 3154. 

For all other questions about the exercise please contact Glen Curry, Emergency Planning Officer, Birmingham Resilience Team on 0121 303 4825 or e-mail

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