A series of counter-terrorism training exercises have taken place across South Wales at locations that include Ffos Las racecourse near Kidwelly. Similar events are also being held in Bridgend and at Llantrisant Common in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
According to the BBC, South Wales and Dyfed-Powys Police are leading the exercises in order to test emergency response procedures in case an attack similar to those that recently occurred in other European countries does happen here.
Local residents were told not to be alarmed if they heard blank gun fire or simulated explosions in their areas.
Jon Straftord, South Wales Police Assistance Chief Constable, was quoted by the news source as saying: “What the exercise will test is not just the ability of frontline police officers, paramedics, fire officers to actually respond to the scene, but we will also be standing up the command and control measures that work across the force areas.”
Similar action is also due to be undertaken by police, local councils and health, transport and utility organisations in Manchester during July. There will be a mock live response search and rescue operation in Oldham and Rochdale.
Paul Argyle of the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum told the Manchester Evening News that these exercises are vital to make sure that the region is prepared to deal with a disaster or major event.
Certainly, it would pay to be on high alert as it’s very difficult to tell these days what could potentially happen. The threat of terrorism is very real, so it’s important that the right processes and procedures are in place just in case.