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The Kerslake Report Identifies Equipment Shortfall

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham commissioned a non-statutory independent review of the events and aftermath of the Manchester Arena Terrorist Attack in July as part of his role as Police and Crime Commissioner.

Greater Manchester plans and prepares for a wide range of events but it is understood that every incident or event is unique and it is important to learn lessons around how prepared the city region was for the attack on May 22, 2017, and how we responded to the event. Unfortunately it is possible there will be future attacks here or elsewhere in the UK and it is paramount we continue to review and improve our approach.

The review has identified what a range of responding agencies did well on the night and during the following week that helped people as well as what could have been done better. The outcomes of this exercise will ensure we fully prepare for any future incidents here in Greater Manchester and also share our learning across the country. At the same time we are learning from colleagues in London and in international cities where there have been terrorist attacks too.

"the Panel is convinced of the need for those responding to terrorist attacks to be able to move casualties in the simplest, most straightforward and fastest way possible. Accordingly, it is the Panel’s opinion that what was required in the foyer during that initial period was not the highly technical equipment that is currently carried by responders."
(Source: p149 5.86)

"Recommendation: All major transport hubs and public venues should possess and provide immediate access to basic frameless canvas stretchers to enable rapid movement and evacuation of casualties during terrorist attacks or other high-threat or dynamic-hazard incidents."
(Source: p150 5.88)

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