SIMEX: Watch as emergency services take part in world’s largest international disaster simulation in Portsmouth

More than 2,000 people joined 40 local, national and international emergency response organisations took part in the world’s largest international disaster simulation in Portsmouth this week.

For this year’s scenario at SIMEX participants had to deal with the fall-out from a hurricane that had led to severe flooding, mudslides, collapsed buildings and displaced buildings.

Rescue operators helping 'victims' at a staged landslide at Fort Widley, Portsmouth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Rescue operators helping 'victims' at a staged landslide at Fort Widley, Portsmouth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Watch the video at the top of the page to see emergency service personnel take part in the simulation.

READ MORE: Best pictures from this year’s SIMEX at Fort Widley

The realistic setting at Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill, saw crumpled cars, damaged buildings and screaming casualties with severe injuries who needed saving. It was one of eight disaster scenes across Hampshire.

SIMEX is run by the University of Portsmouth, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the University of Liverpool.

Brokenhurst college student, Ethan Kettle posing as a 'victim' waiting to be rescued in a simulated landslide at Fort Widley. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Brokenhurst college student, Ethan Kettle posing as a 'victim' waiting to be rescued in a simulated landslide at Fort Widley. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Click here to read our full report from the simulation event.