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Police, EMS Rotorcraft Respond to Suspected Terror Incident in London

By S.L. Fuller | March 22, 2017

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A terror incident in Westminster, London, March 22 has caused four fatalities, reports have said, including an attacker and a police officer. Both police and emergency medical service providers have dispatched rotorcraft.

“The [Metropolitan Police Service] has responded to an incident in the area of Parliament Square, and the Senior National Coordinator has declared this a terrorist incident,” Commander BJ Harrington said in a statement given at New Scotland Yard. He went said that police are working closely with the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade.

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Several National Police Air Service (NPAS) bases have been providing support, including NPAS Redhill and NPAS London. The service as a whole operates 24 rotorcraft, according to its website. This includes the MD Helicopters MD902, Airbus Helicopters EC135s and the Airbus EC145. However, the service is currently in the process of closing some of its bases.

“We can confirm we have treated at least 10 patients on Westminster Bridge and have put a number of hospitals on alert as we continue to respond to this incident,” London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations Pauline Cranmner said in a statement. “We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London’s Air Ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team.”

London’s Air Ambulance said it dispatched its advanced trauma team via helicopter. Its fleet comprises two MD Helicopters MD902 Explorers. It is a registered charity.

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