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Argus In Bristol

by msecadm4921

Businesses in Bristol are being invited to attend an event in the city to see if they are equipped to cope with a crisis.

Project Argus is a three-hour-long, interactive counter-terrorism exercise produced by NaCTSO, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and facilitated by local Counter Terrorist Security Advisers. It is designed, say Avon and Somerset Police, to enable businesses to explore ways in which they can be helped to prevent, handle and recover from a terrorist attack. But, the force adds, the lessons that can be learned from the free event could be equally relevant to a number of other major incidents and emergency situations, not just a terrorist attack.

These can range from a mass evacuation due to the discovery of an unexploded bomb to a major gas or water leak. Working in groups, with the support of staff from the local authority and blue light services, businesses are being invited to take part in a simulation exercise. This will be based on a terrorist attack in a shopping centre, and will prove informative and challenging, while providing businesses with a better understanding of such an incident.
A Project Argus event is running on Wednesday, May 2 at Broadmead Baptist Church between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Invitations have been sent to city centre businesses, and police are keen to ensure that as many businesses as possible take up the opportunity.

What they say

DC Pete Naish said: "Project Argus is a unique opportunity to judge how well-prepared your business is, increase your knowledge of terrorist issues, compare notes with other local businesses and present a chance for you and your staff to experience a professionally run security exercise. The lessons that can be learned can be applied to other situations as well as a terrorist incident, and I would urge as many businesses as possible to take advantage of the expert advice available. It will require a maximum of three hours of your time and no prior preparation or specialist knowledge is required but the benefits could be immeasurable."
Places on the day are very limited, so to book a place businesses should visit:

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