Mock terrorist attack on Newport tests response

South Wales Argus: Police and Fire Brigade held a joint training exercise at Rodney Parade (3599683) Police and Fire Brigade held a joint training exercise at Rodney Parade (3599683)

EMERGENCY services converged on Rodney Parade in Newport last night to deal with a terrorist chemical attack.

Thankfully however, this was not the real thing, but a training exercise to gauge the effectiveness and co-ordination of the services' response to a major emergency.

Gwent Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue, and the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust were among the agencies that took part in the exercise with dozens of police officers, firefighters and paramedics on the scene.

Police, fire, ambulance and other emergency services, such as the coastguard, regularly conduct training exercises to ensure they are able to deal with any scenario requiring an emergency response.

From terrorist threats to natural disasters, a major emergency requires that all the emergency services and other agencies are prepared and able to deal with any challenges.

This one is understood to have involved the recovery of a body from the stadium's Bisley Stand, after all 'casualties' had been taken from the scene.

Personnel sent in to deal with the situation had to wear specialist protective clothing.

The exercise assessed the services' ability to respond appropriately, from the handling of the initial emergency call to the control room, to deploying personnel with the appropriate equipment, dealing with a siege situation, body recovery, decontamination, crime scene preservation, and a number of other scenarios.

Superintendent Glyn Fernquest, who led the exercise for Gwent Police, said: “While always hoping for the best as emergency services, we also plan for the worst.

"We will use the lessons learnt from the exercise to review and improve our major emergency plans so in the unlikely event of something like this occurring, the public of Gwent will get a well prepared and effective response.

“Hopefully the exercise didn’t cause residents any major disruption and we are grateful for their support.”

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12:06pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Walter Devereux says...

They should have simulated a flooding!
They should have simulated a flooding! Walter Devereux
  • Score: 11

12:24pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Preparing for the possibility of any attacks during the NATO summit no doubt.
Preparing for the possibility of any attacks during the NATO summit no doubt. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 8

3:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

We'll be seeing a lot more of this stuff in preparation for the NATO Summit. You don't get the world's leaders descending on your city without a LOT of preparation. Expect to see a lot more 'spooks' appearing as well - British, American, European. It's gonna be black-suit-tastic!
We'll be seeing a lot more of this stuff in preparation for the NATO Summit. You don't get the world's leaders descending on your city without a LOT of preparation. Expect to see a lot more 'spooks' appearing as well - British, American, European. It's gonna be black-suit-tastic! DavidMclean
  • Score: -2

4:32pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

DavidMclean wrote:
We'll be seeing a lot more of this stuff in preparation for the NATO Summit. You don't get the world's leaders descending on your city without a LOT of preparation. Expect to see a lot more 'spooks' appearing as well - British, American, European. It's gonna be black-suit-tastic!
Don't forget also that all of your emails and phonecalls are probably already being monitored.

So much for privacy eh?
[quote][p][bold]DavidMclean[/bold] wrote: We'll be seeing a lot more of this stuff in preparation for the NATO Summit. You don't get the world's leaders descending on your city without a LOT of preparation. Expect to see a lot more 'spooks' appearing as well - British, American, European. It's gonna be black-suit-tastic![/p][/quote]Don't forget also that all of your emails and phonecalls are probably already being monitored. So much for privacy eh? GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 2

8:46pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Dolieboy says...

Considering the leaders will be staying in the Celtic Manor. The A&E at the Gwent is unable to cope with an average day, but doubt there will be any problems. Any would be terrorist who come to destroy Newport will see that someone has beaten them to it.
Considering the leaders will be staying in the Celtic Manor. The A&E at the Gwent is unable to cope with an average day, but doubt there will be any problems. Any would be terrorist who come to destroy Newport will see that someone has beaten them to it. Dolieboy
  • Score: 3

8:08pm Fri 24 Jan 14

freedomofspeech1776 says...

the government lies on a daily bases they blame a terrorist act on another country to start wars its called a inside job
never will i believe some of the things they come out with as its all lies its time to tell the truth to everyone all the lies will stop
infowars.com
the government lies on a daily bases they blame a terrorist act on another country to start wars its called a inside job never will i believe some of the things they come out with as its all lies its time to tell the truth to everyone all the lies will stop infowars.com freedomofspeech1776
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