Service takes part in 2012 Games exercise

Staff treating patients during 999 exercise outside a tube station

22 February 2012

Over 40 ambulance staff were involved in a counter terrorist exercise today to test a multi-agency response to an attack on the Underground.

The Metropolitan Police Service and Home Office led exercise – Forward Defensive – took place at the disused Aldwych Underground station, which was representing Oxford Circus station in August during the height of the 2012 Games.

Paramedics were among the first emergency service staff on the scene and worked with police and firefighters to get passengers to safety and treat those injured in the incident. There were 20 patients – all played by actors – who suffered a variety of ‘injuries’ ranging from cuts and bruises to two patients with life-threatening injuries.

London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations Jason Killens said: “Forward Defensive was part of a series of exercises to test the response of the emergency services and Government to an incident during the Games. Today, our staff were treating patients, who were taken to a casualty clearing tent set up at the scene. Our hazardous area response team was also there, who are specially trained to provide life-saving medical care in difficult environments.Staff and police treating patient on stretcher during 999 test exercise

“It’s really important to take part in these exercises to test our readiness for the summer – it’s vital we’re prepared for any incident.”

The exercise is continuing over 48 hours, while the police investigation continues.

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