Exercise Strong Tower

London Ambulance Service is today involved in a major exercise to test the emergency services and government response to a terrorist attack in central London.

More than 140 operational and support staff alongside specialist London Ambulance Service teams will be testing their emergency medical response to this kind of incident.

Director of Operations, Jason Killens, said: “Our response involves getting to the scene as quickly as possible and assessing, triaging and treating any patients there.

“In a real life situation we would also be taking these patients to the most appropriate hospital for their care.

“We have specialist teams who receive specialist training to work at the scene of mass casualty firearms attacks. The specialist kit includes ballistic vests, helmets and personal protective equipment.” 

This operation, which has been planned for over six months, has been developed jointly by the Metropolitan Police Service and the Home Office. Over 14 different organisations and agencies are taking part.

Jason said: “We regularly carry out live exercises to test our plans about how we and the other services would respond to an incident like this.

“This exercise will also test our tactical response including working with our emergency services partners and other parts of the NHS.”

A full debrief will be carried out after the exercise to make sure that any learning is properly captured.

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