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Notification of a multi-agency training exercise

Posted: 6 October 2017
Valerie Hill, Communications Apprentice

A special exercise is due to take place at Watford Football Club on Saturday 7 October between multi-agency partners.

Picture of watford hospitalThe exercise will involve West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hertfordshire Constabulary, members of the fire and rescue service and members of the ambulance service working together to respond to a firearms incident which is being staged within the football club grounds. The exercise is due to start at 11am and will finish no later than 2pm.

While every effort is being made to minimise disruption, there will be a large number of vehicles, personnel and volunteers in the vicinity of the club from the late morning until the early afternoon.

The fracture clinic at Watford General Hospital will be setup as an A&E department for the purpose of the exercise only.

Sally Tucker, the trust’s chief operating officer, said: "Our staff are extremely well trained to respond to emergency situations and this exercise provides us with another excellent training opportunity to test our resilience to critical and major incidents. We look forward to working closely with our emergency services partners."

Chief Superintendent, Richard Liversidge, who is leading on the exercise for the police said: “It is going to be a busy and demanding exercise and we do not want people living nearby to be concerned if they hear bangs and the sounds of firearms being discharged – it’s all part of the training.

"No live ammunition will be used and a number of volunteers will be play-acting as injured to make the exercise as real as possible for those being trained. Please, if you hear some noise coming from the football club do not contact the police control room as it may affect our ability to respond to genuine 999 calls."

The learning exercise will provide the trust with an opportunity to improve how it responds to major incidents of this kind.


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  1. For more information, please contact Name, title in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 281 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.