Terror attack training exercise carried out in South Yorkshire

Fire crews were callled to Muffit Lane, Gomersal at around 4.15am.
Fire crews were callled to Muffit Lane, Gomersal at around 4.15am.

Firefighters from across the region are taking part in a training exercise in South Yorkshire today looking at how they would deal with major incidents, including terror attacks.

The exercise will simulate the decontamination of people who have been covered in poisonous chemicals as part of a terrorist attack.

The main activity will take place at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium, but another major incident simulated elsewhere in the county will test how fire services respond to more than one large scale event at the same time.

The exercise will involve staff and vehicles from all four fire and rescue services in Yorkshire and Humberside, plus other partner agencies, to test the arrangements those organisations have in place for supporting each other across county borders.

The ‘incident’ will include the deployment of the fire service’s Detection, Identification and Monitoring and Mass Decontamination vehicles which carries shower-tents and emergency clothing.

A small area around the Keepmoat Stadium will be closed to the public so the specialist equipment can be deployed.

Group Manager Andy Hayter, of South Yorkshire Fire and Resuce, said: “Although it is extremely unlikely that an incident such as this would occur in South Yorkshire, recent international events have once again highlighted the importance of public organisations testing their emergency response procedures to assure the safety of the communities we serve.

“Routine exercises like this one enable the emergency services and other organisations to practice their responses and, for fire services in particular, to test their ability to deploy to large scale incidents beyond their usual borders.”

The exercise begins at 9am.