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    King's Cross: Beneath the Flames

    In the worst fire in London Transport's history, shows staff response and what safeguards should have been employed.


    On 18 November, 1987, at approximately 7-30pm (1930 hours), a fire broke-out beneath escalator 4 (Piccadilly Line), at King’s Cross St. Pancras underground station. A series of oversights allowed the fire to grow until the smoke reached an explosive flash point, and a fireball occurred within the main ticketing hall.

    "King’s Cross: Beneath the Flames", discusses this disastrous peak-hour fire in the London Underground railway, in which 31 people died and hundreds were injured - the worst fire in London Transport’s history.

    In the aftermath (and with the privilege of hindsight), investigation revealed a host of comparatively small steps in the lead-up to the disaster.

    Lack of training and inefficient fire fighting equipment were held as important catalysts to the disaster, as were senior management’s lack of attention to similar symptomatic occurrences within the whole of the underground complex.

    This workshop shows staff response and what safeguards should be employed.

    Training Applications:

    • Emergency procedures and their maintenance
    • Safety and rescue systems and their maintenance
    • Management decision making – operational costs vs. safety considerations
    • Training issues
    • Communication techniques.
    • Allocation of responsibility issues
    • Crowd control considerations
    • TRIAGE planning.
    • Safety design issues with railways

    BBC Disaster Series:

    The 11-part BBC Disaster Series examines case studies of major disasters from around the world from various industries, such as oil and gas, transport, aviation, aeronautics and space, chemical manufacturing and hospitality. Read more

    Contents of the package:
    CD with the following support material:

    • Facilitator’s Guide, including Facilitator’s Checklist
    • Facilitator’s Slide Guide
    • Participants’ Handouts
    • MS PowerPoint presentation

    Other DVDs in the Series:

    Spiral to Disaster: Piper Alpha Training Package

    Crash in the Dark: The Severn Tunnel Train Crash

    Fatal Error: Choosing the Wrong Engine Training Package

    Unflyable Plane Training Package

    Cut Price Tragedy Training Package

    Channel Tunnel Fire Training Package

    Major Malfunction Training Package

    Kansas City - Death by Design Training Package

    Wrong Stuff Training Package

    Piper Alpha: Human Price of Oil Training Package

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    Country of production: United Kingdom  
    Duration: 30 minutes  
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