Recent horrific events around the world remind us all of the terrorist threat we face. The current threat status in the UK is considered as ‘SEVERE’, meaning an attack is highly likely.
With the threat level remaining at a high level, the police and security services continue to operate at a heightened state of readiness – the police are working on hundreds of investigations and making an arrest a day. However, no-one knows when or where the next terror incident will take place.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon on the 29th November 2015 warned that an attack similar to the atrocities in Paris on 13 November could "easily" happen in the UK.
Since the Paris attack on the 13th November 2015 the world has witnessed a number of terror attacks in Europe and the US.
On the 12th June 2016 a terror attack in Orlando Florida took place and was one of the largest mass shootings in US history. 49 People died and 53 people were injured.
This year we have already experienced three attacks, 22 March 2017 n a terrorist incident in Westminster at around 2:40pm GMT, specifically on Westminster Bridge and at the Palace of Westminster, wearing black, drove a vehicle into several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, crashing the car into the Palace's perimeter fence. The attacker then exited the vehicle, proceeding to stab a police officer who was outside of the Palace. About 40 people were injured and there were six fatalities (including one police officer and the perpetrator)
On 22 May 2017 at 22:31pm a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device, packed with nuts and bolts to act as shrapnel, in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena. The attack took place after an Ariana Grande concert that was part of her 2017 Tour. 14,200 people attended, many exiting concert-goers and waiting parents were in the foyer at the time of the explosion. According to evidence presented at the inquest, the detonation of the bomb killed people who were up to 20 metres away. Finally on the 3 June 2017: A terrorist incident in which a van with 3 perpetrators inside was driven into pedestrians on London Bridge at 9:58pm GMT. After exiting the vehicle, attackers stabbed people in pubs and restaurants around Borough Market before being shot dead by police at 10:16pm. Eight people were killed and 48 people were injured as a result of the incident.
Terrorists target public places
The likely hood is that a terror attack will happen in a crowded area to get the most impact and devastation. As we have seen recently, the modus operandi can vary, a suicide bomber, active shooter, parcel bomb, car bomb or a large vehicle driven through a crowd, but the locations are likely to be similar.
- Bars, and Clubs
- Restaurants and Theatre’s
- Sports Arenas and Stadiums
- Places of Worship
- Shopping Centre’s
- Large Commercial Business’s
- Large Buildings
Most of us work in these areas and we can’t stop going to work.
So what can we do in the event of our workplace being the target of a Terror Attack?
The health and safety at work regulations place a legal responsibility on the owner or occupier of premises to have a ‘duty of care’ for staff and visitors. In the event of an incident, any subsequent inquiry or court proceeding will look for evidence that the relevant legislation was followed.
We recognise this can happen and can help you develop the skills and knowledge within your team to help keep your workforce safe in the event of a terror attack.
We will provide you with the training based on the Stay Safe Campaign as set out by the Police. Areas covered include:
- Providing your staff with information on where the best places are to hide, or how to protect yourself in your workplace by using furniture and equipment immediately around you.
- We will use your buildings emergency procedures action plan in the training we deliver to you. If you don't have a plan, we can help you develop one.
- We can help you do a risk assessment to best benefit your workplace in finding areas of safety without occurring major injuries.
- We can help teach your staff to remain calm and quiet and work out the best route to take to get out to safety.
- We will teach your staff what to tell the police when you contact them to ensure a quick rescue.
- We will teach your staff how to deal with a catastrophic injury and what to use to help the injured.
- There are a lot of other lifesaving skills we can offer in order to keep improve the ability of your staff to stay safe in the event of an incident.
Given the likelihood that paramedics and emergency medical staff will not be allowed into the area until deemed secure by the security services, we are also able to provide training in treatment of casualties until paramedics or security staff can assist. Time is of essence when providing immediate care and therefore such training will prove invaluable in the event of a terror attack.
So how can Code Blue Education help you to stay safe?
We able to help teach your staff how to deal with mass casualties and provide immediate lifesaving skills. These skills are beyond your basic First Aid at Work qualification and will only help them to save their colleagues, we will teach them how to drag casualties to a safe place at the same time as minimizing further injuries, thereby allowing paramedics and doctors to provide life saving skills, this is also an extremely effective team building exercise. We are also able to help you to navigate your way through the new app called CitizenAid.
Our trainers have had experience in real life mass shootings, bomb blasts, major incident situations and been taught by the Police, EMS, Military and Homeland Security (USA) Instructors.
Our lead team:
- South African EMS, Trauma specialist - attended several Bombings
and mass shootings
in the 90s, now trained by Homeland security instructors on Active Incident and Terror training.
Dr Richard Cullen
- Retired Police Specialist, Chief Superintendent in the 90s, Met Police Commander from 1997 to 2001, Senior Civil Servant in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice from 2002 to 2011. Specialist in Risk assessment model for major events, Worldwide speaker on Contingency planning on terrorist attacks.
- South African EMS, IHCD Ambulance Technician UK, NATO Military Police, Remote Trauma Medic, 2015 London 7/7 bombing survivor and Hero. Adrian saved a mans life and 16 other casualties at Edgware Tube station, Adrian was given the Stanhope Medal 2008 for outstanding bravery in saving Danny Biddle. Adrian was awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Humane Society and Queen's Commendation for Bravery in 2009.
We have active Police and Homeland Security Instructors on our team as well.
In support and help from the Counter Terrorism Metropolitan Policing unit.
By the end of the course your workforce will have learned the essential key skills to keeping themselves and colleagues safe, how to Run, Hide and Tell, lifesaving skills to help save lives and the most important of all, to be PREPARED!
As a CEO, Director or Manager you will have been proactive and made the effort to keep your workforce safe and PREPARED.
Next course: 4th July 2107 at 09.30am
Venue: Brentford, TW8 9DF
Price of course: £130.00 per person (emergency kit included)
Call for group pricing
We are happy to come to your venue.
Please call or email for more details on how to better prepare yourself and your staff in the event of a terror attack or mass casualty event.