The St John Bosco Arts College construction site in Liverpool has played a key part in improving the national emergency services in the UK as part of a national Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP).
The £18.2m arts college, being built by VINCI Construction UK, set the scene for a large scale ‘live play’ exercise based on a major incident in the Merseyside area.
The incident was based on the mock-up of a bus crashing into the former St John Bosco Arts College, which VINCI Construction UK is demolishing over the next months.
The aim of the programme is to ensure the blue light - police, fire fighters and ambulance services - work effectively together when responding to a major incident. Running for over 14 hours, the exercise involved 1,000 people from the Merseyside Police Service, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service NSH Trust, RAF Search & Rescue, an army Chinook Helicopter and the full support from the VINCI Construction UK construction team.
John Fowler, Project Manager from VINCI Construction UK, said:
“We welcomed this exercise wholeheartedly as we strongly support the programme’s objective, and we hope our project site was able to enhance their services even further. It was exciting to watch!”
The St John Bosco Arts College comprises the construction of a three-story girl’s Catholic comprehensive school for pupils aged 11-18. Specialising in the arts, the new building provides a new performance area, as well as an all-weather sports pitch and a multi-games area located in the middle of the development.