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British Army Bolstering South-West Emergency Services Response

Posted: 26/10/2016

Emergency services in the south-west of the UK, including police, fire and ambulance responders, are to be trained alongside soldiers from the British Army as part of a multi-agency exercise dubbed Operation Conqueror.

Around 1,000 members of staff will be involved in two weeks’ worth of exercises on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, the BBC reports, with the aim being to help prepare first responders for possible riots or terrorist attacks.

The training exercises started on October 25th, with Devon and Cornwall Police Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton saying: “This scenario could test us in any situation. It could be a terrorist attack or a serious incident such as a train crash.”

Chief Fire Officer for Devon and Somerset Lee Howell made further comments, saying that the exercises will test emergency services in very extreme scenarios, which will be challenging for those involved. As such, it’s vital that everyone works together to ensure members of the public and the crew stay safe.

This comes after a one-day exercise in Cornwall was held on September 14th to see how agencies in the region would respond if there was a nuclear emergency. Agencies involved included the Met Office, The Highways Agency, Network Rail, Public Health England and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

Being prepared for events such as these is a must for various organisations these days. This may be a sad reflection of current affairs, but it is essential that these kinds of exercises and scenarios are carried out. If you fail to prepare you prepare to fail, so if you need help with your emergency response planning, call us at HFR Solutions CIC today.