Emergency services have held a live training exercise to test the response to a spontaneous attack in Nottinghamshire.
The exercise was staged at Mansfield Town FC yesterday (Sunday 20 September) and involved armed police, paramedics and firefighters.
The scenario saw more 100 emergency responders from across Nottinghamshire attend the exercise as well as around 30 volunteers who gave their time to act as audience and victims in the two-hour exercise concluded at 12 midday. The stadium will re-open as normal today (Monday 21 September).
They focused on how they would respond to an attack at a stadium, an exercise similar to others carried out across the country which was not conducted in response to any specific threat to the county or the stadium.
Superintendent Claire Rukas, of Nottinghamshire Police said: “This exercise has been weeks in the planning and gave us the chance to test exactly how we would respond in a situation like this.
“The national terror threat remains at ‘substantial’ and all emergency services and partner organisations are working hard to ensure we are prepared in the event that something does occur in our region.
“We have a close, positive relationship with our blue light colleagues and this exercise has only served to strengthen those ties. I want to thank Mansfield Town FC for allowing us to use the stadium and the volunteers from Nottinghamshire Search and Rescue Team who gave their time to make this scenario as realistic as possible.”
Keith Sharpe, Resilience Manager for East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “While we regularly test within EMAS our resilience in responding to major incidents, this was an excellent opportunity for us to test our initial response alongside colleagues from Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.”