LiveX puts Gibraltar's anti-terrorist response to the test

LiveX puts Gibraltar's anti-terrorist response to the test

Published by GBC News

A multi-agency live exercise organised by the Office of Civil Contingencies was conducted today at sea and across multiple locations on land, including the Special Olympics Sports Complex, Little Bay and in the area of Parson’s Lodge.

The scenarios were organised to be as true to life as possible and brought together all of Gibraltar's first responders.

Our reporter Kevin Ruiz and cameraman William Bear observed closely as the simulations played out throughout the day

Gibraltar’s threat level remains unchanged, meaning a terrorist attack remains unlikely

The Gibraltar Contingency Council (GCC) met this afternoon at No 6 Convent Place to review security and civil contingency matters. The meeting was co-chaired by His Excellency the Governor Sir David Steel and Minister John Cortes, representing the Chief Minister. Minister for Civil Contingencies Samantha Sacramento also attended.

In opening, His Excellency the Governor, expressed on behalf of the meeting, sympathies for all those suffering the tragedy that is unfolding in Turkey and Syria.

The GCC assessed that there was no change in the threat level with a terrorist attack remaining as likely. However, there is no specific intelligence to suggest a direct threat to Gibraltar.

The GCC reflected on the events of the last few months which has seen the Emergency Services and other responding partners deal with a number of significant incidents including the fire at the Power’s Drive Tunnel and the impact this had on AquaGib’s water production operations, the OS 35 collision with Adam LNG vessel and the death of Her Majesty The Queen. It was agreed that the work of the Emergency Services in response to these significant and overlapping situations was exemplary and a credit to Gibraltar.

The GCC reviewed the situation in light of the recent attacks in Algeciras. The GCC determined that there is no threat to Gibraltar in relation to that incident. The GCC reiterated Gibraltar’s condolences to the family and friends of the victims, and its solidarity with the people of Algeciras.

The GCC will continue to closely monitor threat intelligence as it relates to Gibraltar, and Gibraltar’s Law Enforcement Agencies will continue to take the necessary measures to keep the Public safe.

As ever, the Public is asked to remain vigilant and to report any security and law enforcements concerns to the Royal Gibraltar Police.