Businesses in the Eastern Cluster of the City of London took part in a major training exercise on Saturday 22 February to test their readiness for responding to major incidents. During the exercise a range of different scenarios and procedures were enacted in the Leadenhall Street area of the City.
More than 200 members of the Emergency Services and the private security sector participated in a joint training exercise aimed at testing how key agencies would react and respond in the event of a major incident. In partnership with the City of London Corporation, simultaneous incidents were set up throughout the training exercise to test different stakeholder responses.
This is the first exercise arranged by the City Security Council (CSC) since its formation in June last year. The CSC is a collective of premier city security companies brought together with the specific purpose of improving incident responses by security companies in the City of London in times of major crises.
David Ward, chair of the City Security Council, explained to Risk Xtra: “This has been an extremely insightful and successful exercise for all involved. The ability to test our collaborative approaches using simulated real-life scenarios is invaluable when it comes to our understanding and future preparedness for dealing with major incidents. Working alongside the Emergency Services has been hugely beneficial and I would like to thank everyone involved in making the training day possible. We will now plan to develop further exercises to build upon this and our increasingly close working relationships right across the City.”
Commander Dai Evans from the City of London Police added: “This exercise in the Leadenhall Street area helped to test our shared response to a range of incidents, including a chemical substance attack, and also identify any areas for development. It’s absolutely vital that, when major incidents happen, we’re agile, co-ordinated and well-rehearsed in our response. Exercises like these give us the chance to learn valuable lessons on how we can further improve our responses.”
*The event was sponsored and supported by the City of London Crime Prevention Association
**For more information about the CSC and how to become a member visit www.citysecuritycouncil.co.uk