National Fire Chief’s Council pledges support following terror attack

Following the terrorist attack which took place in Westminster on March 22nd, the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has passed on its thoughts and sympathy to everyone affected by the tragedy.

The attack has now seen four fatalities and more than 40 people sustained injuries. This is the biggest terror attack in the UK since the London bombings in July 2005.

Chair of the NFCC Roy Wilsher said: “My thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic events we saw unfold in London yesterday.

“It is devastating when we experience loss of life; especially when it is caused by needless terror attacks.

“I would like to offer my sincere condolences to everyone affected, especially the family of PC Keith Palmer who gave his life in the line of duty, to protect the public.

“Events such as yesterday bring home what an important role the emergency services play in every day life. It is always very difficult when we lose someone in the line of duty, and my thoughts are also with PC Palmer’s colleagues and the wider police force.

“The NFCC – along with the UK Fire and Rescue Service – will continue to work closely with the police and other emergency services.

“We work with the government on national and international issues; the public can be reassured where the fire and rescue service can offer help and support, it will assist at all levels.”

Roy Wilsher also praised the response from London Fire Brigade and how they dealt with a difficult situation in the capital.

He also said that the fire and rescue service trains with emergency services colleagues and others to respond to these sorts of incidents. He pinpointed how well these procures worked yesterday,  including the UK wide JESIP principles.

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CFOA Supports National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week 23-29 November 2015

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The recent attacks in France and Mali have once again brought home the real and ever present danger posed by terrorism. This week CFOA joins many organisations across the country in supporting National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week and promoting the steps than can be taken to help prevent an attack within the UK.

Every day this week, police will be focusing on different issues of counter terrorism and terrorist threats from attack planning; protecting business and crowded places; cyber attacks; and online extremism and radicalisation.

Key areas for consideration will be:

  • Public vigilance online and off
  • Industry preparedness for cyber attack
  • Raising Awareness of the threat from online extremism
  • Protecting hardware – are you aware?

Given the heightened threat levels currently in place across continental Europe, the need for increased vigilance and awareness to help ensure that the UK is in the best position to deter and detect potential terrorist threats is clear.

Everyone has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and vigilance is key; if you suspect it, report it. Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them. Suspicious activity should be reported by calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Whilst the current threat level to the UK from international terrorism is severe, the key message is to be alert, but not alarmed.

For further information please visit  The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) website, which provides both sector specific and general guidance to help prevent, protect and mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack in the UK.