Emergency services train for terrorist attack – Exercise Genesis
The exercise, organised and co-ordinated by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire Service's National Resilience Assurance Team (NRAT), was held at Tyne and Wear's new USAR training rigs near Sunderland. USAR teams from West Yorkshire, Merseyside, Lincolnshire and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services were also involved along with crews from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, members of Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service and government agencies.
Those involved were asked to respond to a simulated terrorist attack which included a device hidden in a workshop, two car bombs that damaged a laboratory, an accommodation block and a bus, as well as a suicide bomber on a Metro train. The detonations resulted in around 80 casualties, ranging from the walking wounded to fatalities and those seriously injured.
John Baines, Area Manager for Community Safety with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said:
"Unfortunately, the threat of major terrorist attacks has become increasingly likely in recent years, so it is important that the emergency services are prepared for the worst. This exercise was not only a great test of our team's skills, but also demonstrated the effective working of all the emergency services involved."
Watch Commander Ade Smart, who was part of H&WFRS's USAR team at the exercise, added: "Our attendance at this kind of exercise provides us with an ideal opportunity to hone our skills for dealing with major incidents of all types both nationally and in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, ensuring that we are as ready as we can be for real events."