- Emergency services have been responding to a simulated terrorist attack in the city centre today (15/08) as part of a major European exercise. Co-ordinated by West Midlands Police in conjunction with CBRNE Ltd, the exercise is an opportunity for emergency services and the local authority to evaluate emergency procedures in the West Midlands.
- The scenario involves the release of a chemical during a conference in Hall 5 of International Convention Centre. Researchers from King’s College London are analysing the reaction of around 150 volunteers who were at the conference as part of a research project looking at public responses to extreme events. The study will help identify practices and procedures that can make emergency response more effective.
- Today’s exercise is the first of three taking place across Europe over the next two years as part of an EU funded initiative to improve the preparedness and resilience of member states to a terrorist attack. The other exercises will be in Sweden next year and Poland in 2015.
Chief Superintendent Chris McKeogh, said: This exercise provides a great opportunity for all of those involved to look at procedures in place for an emergency such as this and put them into action. This way, we can evaluate more effectively where we need to further develop our plans and procedures.
Today’s exercise is a unique opportunity to play a key role in an international project alongside a large number of other local and international agencies and organisations. We are very advanced already in our ability to deal with major incidents and it’s a testament to the expertise and professionalism of the emergency services in the West Midlands that Project PRACTICE and CBRNE Ltd chose Birmingham as the setting for such an important piece of work.
Read the full press release here
- PLEASE NOTE: The choice of scenario and location does not imply that such an event is either likely or imminent, but will allow participants to gain valuable information on people’s responses and requirements, which in turn will further develop emergency procedures currently in place.