I think it would be reasonable to assume the exercise might be held in Birmingham. The Fire service union are not happy about taking part.
Staff 'unhappy' at terror exercise Jul 16 2004
By John Revill, The Birmingham Post
Disgruntled firefighters claim they are being intimidated into taking part in a massive mock terrorism training exercise being staged in the Midlands
The simulated chemical attack - the biggest to take place in Britain - is one of the measures being undertaken to improve the region's response to a
But the Fire Brigades Union said its members were unhappy about participating and would only do so after being threatened with disciplinary action.
Tony Nutting, secretary of the West Midlands FBU, said: "I don't think we should be taking part. Chemical training like this was part of the 2003
pay agree-ment which has not been honoured.
"We were supposed to get 3.5 per cent in November and 4.2 per cent in July but we have not had either. They are not paying us but asking us to do the
Almost 2,000 emergency services staff will be involved in Sunday's event, which will take the form of a nerve gas attack at an mock arts
Mr Nutting claimed the brigade had issued a direct order, saying any firefighter who refused to take part would be sent home and suspended from
He said: "My personal view is that I do not want to see anyone suspended so we will have to take part. The management has been very been high handed
in its attitude."
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Robert Hulland said: "The training on incident support work has been going on since March and the FBU has been fully
involved throughout and they have not objected until now.
"There are a lot of resources from other agencies and we do not think it is appropriate not to proceed.
"There has been no direct order but we expect them to take part."
Similar events have already taken place in London and Newcastle, although the Midland operation, code-named Exercise Horizon, will be the largest to
The exact location of the exercise has been kept secret.
The scenario will see three suicide bombers spraying nerve gas into an arts exhibition, causing multiple casualties.
Fire staff wearing the latest chemical and biological warfare equipment will go into the building to rescue 400 volunteers who will pose as members of
Helen Braithwaite, deputy director of the Regional Resilience Team, which is part of the Government Office for the West Midlands, has organised the