All intelligence suggests that sooner or later there will be a marauding terrorist attack in the UK with a likelihood of mass casualties. Current advice from the Police in the UK tells us that we should Run, Hide and Tell and await Police rescue.If you cannot Run and have to Hide in a safe place you will need to know some basic skills in order to Survive. Lord Toby Harris, in his recent report for the Mayor of London entitled “London – Preparedness to respond to a Major Terrorist Event” makes it quite clear that organisations with Security and Operations staff should train and equip them in
what to do and
how to do it in the event of a major terrorist attack.
How long will I wait for Police rescue?
Rescue will be a long time coming. In the Paris Bataclan Theatre attack, hostages waited some 3 hours for Police to enter the theatre and begin rescuing them. During this time, they were at the mercy of the attackers who inflicted death and serious injuries on those people they found.
In the Orlando Pulse Nightclub attack, it took over 5 hours for Police tactical teams to start rescuing people trapped inside the club toilets.
The recent ‘Lone wolf’ vehicle and weapons’ attacks in Berlin and Istanbul were committed even though Police and Security forces were nearby and people still died from their injuries.
The inquest into the beach and hotel attacks in Sousse, Tunisia in which 30 Britons were killed revealed that local Police deliberately failed to attend and engage the attacker claiming they were outgunned. It was left to unarmed civilians to chase and try to distract the terrorist.
What are the types of serious injuries most likely to occur?
In all these types of terrorist attack, around 67% of casualties suffered life threatening injuries, including:
Catastrophic bleeding from wounds caused by gunshots
Catastrophic bleeding from wounds caused by edged weapons
Penetrating wounds to the chest
What do I need to do to survive?
We know it’s going to happen at some point. The authorities have told us to plan and prepare for when it does. The Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue services are already equipping their staff with new, upgraded equipment to treat catastrophic bleeding. Yo
The problem is that it will take the Police several hours to rescue hostages from a ‘Hot Zone’ and in the meantime casualties with catastrophic bleeding will be losing blood fast.
Unless casualties receive IMMEDIATE CARE and TREATMENT from others inside the ‘Hot Zone’, they will certainly DIE from major blood loss.
January 2017 saw the launch of the CitizenAid app http://citizenaid.org which gives people information on simple life saving skills for use in a terrorist attack.
Businesses and organisations now need to look at equipping their venues with proper and relative Emergency Grab Bags containing similar advanced first aid equipment as issued to the emergency services including
Blood clotting agents
What training is available ?
Watching awareness videos and taking part in table top exercises is not enough to safely respond to an incident. Individuals, especially those working in high-risk public venues like
Hotels and Beaches
Pubs and Clubs
Places of Worship
need to learn and practice terrorist attack survival skills.
At Salvas, we’ve worked with partners Primus in the UK and ACI in the USA in preparing a
half -day practical skills training workshop for staff entitled