Police cordoned off a city street and evacuated more than 60 from their homes in a staged alert for a public information film.
The staged event in Ripple Road, Stirchley, was for the film to help Birmingham families prepare for and deal with a range of emergencies from terror alerts to floods.
Starring off-duty emergency staff and 60 volunteer “victims”, the film was produced by the Birmingham Resilience Team, a unique joint venture between the city council, emergency services, NHS and Government agencies.
The 13-strong team works behind the scenes to ensure that the city is as well prepared as it can be for the latest major alert, from evacuating half-a-dozen homes at risk from a gas cylinder explosion to fighting a city-wide chemical attack. Head of the team Steve Grogan said: “We are responsible for all the emergency planning in Birmingham.
“We are on duty around the clock, once a call comes in from an emergency service we make sure all our organisations are alerted and ready to respond.”
Most recently they coordinated the evacuation of 24 homes in Erdington when there was a risk of explosion. But their largest jobs to date were dealing with the floods in 2007 and a city centre evacuation following a terror alert.
The film will be available on the city council and emergency services websites and will be shown on public information screens at neighbourhood offices once it is finished in June.