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Chemical or Biological Attack Scenario

News Article, Streets Closed in Centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 18 March 2012

Streets around the centre of Leeds were closed off this morning after a hooded assailant was seen to spray members of the public with what appeared to be liquid. The victims who had gathered in the area outside Leeds City Art Gallery soon reported dizziness, loss of sight and breathing difficulties.

The spray suspected to be a chemical or biological attack in this nightmare scenario - was on this occasion - a large joint emergency services exercise involving Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance teams along with the assistance of volunteers playing the parts of the victims and casualties.

The Headrow and Cookridge Street were the locations of this major training exercise which aimed to examine how emergency services worked together in a coordinated response, particular attention being paid to communication.

Chief Superintendent Christopher Hardern, from West Yorkshire Police, said:

"Training exercises like this provide a valuable opportunity for the emergency services and other agencies across West Yorkshire to refine our ability to deal with a major incident.

"I understand that it may be concerning to see a large number of emergency services vehicles in the centre of Leeds but I want to reassure people this exercise is not in response to any perceived threat but is about making sure the city is best prepared for any type emergency."

Group Manager Nigel Craven, from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said:

"West Yorkshire's firefighters are some of the best trained and equipped in the country but it's essential that we constantly test our capabilities in realistic scenarios.

"It's also important to remember that in large-scale incidents individual emergency services don't work alone and that their effectiveness largely depends on how well all agencies can work seamlessly together."

 

 

 

 

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