Special operations training at Watford FC a success

A football stadium provided the perfect background for a major incident multi-agency exercise for the Trust's Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) and the Ambulance Intervention Team (AIT).

The exercise at Watford Football Club focused on a marauding terrorist firearms attack (MTFA) within the stadium. Police, ambulance and fire and rescue services all worked together to manage the incident and treat a large number of casualties at the scene.

The exercise on 7thOctober also involved about 50 members of the public playing the role of patients, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the local NHS Trust and Watford General Hospital, Regional Military Liaison and a range of stakeholders including Watford Football Club and the Premier League, who all came together to practice the realistic scenario.

Steven Moore, Senior Specialist Operations Manager, said: “This was a great opportunity to work in a real environment, thanks to the incredible support of Watford Football Club. It allowed our staff the opportunity to put into practice skills in a way that we’ve not been able to do before, thanks to the use of the venue.”

Chief Superintendent Liversidge added: “Thank you to all those who took part and to Watford Football Club for providing an excellent venue for the exercise scenario.”

Glyn Evans, Watford FC’s operations director, said: “It was our privilege to host an exercise that demonstrated good communication and highly collaborative working to be at the forefront of everyone’s thinking.

“Our special thanks to the volunteers who came along to ensure a very meaningful day.”

Published 26th October, 2017

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