A spokesman for the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Taxpayers would question whether this exercise is good value for money.Hmmm, well, that’s certainly true.
“They want their police officers to be well trained, but this is clearly taking those officers away from their duties for an event which is unlikely ever to happen in Britain.
But perhaps the TPA should bear in mind that earthquakes aren’t the only event that can cause building collapse, as MacHeath points out…
“At a time when the police are facing massive budget cuts they need to use the resources they have wisely.” Sergeant Colin White, a crime scene manager with Hampshire Constabulary, worked on disaster victim identification at Fort Widley, near Portsmouth.Except as it turns out, this is not wholly a UK exercise.
Nor is it wholly UK-funded:
This week’s EU-funded project, code-named Exercise Orion, simulated emergency services rescuing people caught up in the disaster. In one “real life event”, up to 600 casualties were rescued from fictional town of “Widley”, Hants.Let’s hope those skills don’t need to be put into practice, and we can all carry on moaning about ‘earthquake training’, eh?