terror strikes paris
Friday night’s deadly attacks in Paris by gunmen and suicide bombers hit a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars, almost simultaneously – leaving at least 129 people dead and hundreds wounded.

The attacks were described by President Francois Hollande as an “act of war” organised by the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Shootings and bomb blasts left at least 129 people dead and hundreds wounded, with more than 100 in a critical condition.

“Three co-ordinated teams” appear to have been behind the attacks, according to Paris chief prosecutor Francois Molins.

France declared a state of emergency.

The French government have moved to cancel all sporting events in Paris this weekend following the chilling terrorist attack on Friday night.

Glasgow Warriors’ opening Champions Cup match with Racing Metro was due to take place at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes outside Paris but is one of the fixtures to be called.

How will the French authorities respond next weekend and indeed moving forward to prepare for major events such as Euro 2016?

A key component in protecting critical infrastructures such as stadiums and arenas is the effective training of staff members. Training should centre on incident management strategies, risk management practices, safety and security plans, policies, protective measures, and business continuity and recovery principles.

We are in new territory now with the attack on Stade de France by terrorists prepared to be suicide bombers. The effective management of the safety and security of sporting venues MUST now consider countering the terrorist threat from Radicalised elements.

Here’s part of the solution:

Co-ordinating a measured and effective strategy, conducted on three main levels:

1. sport security command group (multi-agency leadership team),

2. supervisory leaders and

3. event security staff.


The Sports Security Command Group

This should be directed toward effective communication and cooperation among the various agencies represented in the sport security command group (SSCG). The SSCG will be composed of specialists from five distinct areas: sport facility management, police, emergency management, fire/HazMat and emergency medical services. They will be trained in basic concepts relative to multi-agency collaboration, risk assessment, planning and response/recovery principles. The expectation is that the leadership team will be knowledgeable and skilled to coordinate the development of a sport event security management system at their respective venue, including security operations, planning and implementation. The main responsibilities for the supervisory staff are enforcing the policy and procedures, overseeing the training program, and evaluating personnel. For an effective security plan to achieve its objectives, a qualified and trained event staff is essential. The following outline provides an overview of each staff position:

•   Traffic Management: ensures the ingress and egress from arrival at venue parking areas. They generally perform the following duties: vehicle screening, pre-event parking area sweep procedures, control traffic flow and parking pass/credential control measures.

•   Gate/turnstile Security: prevent unauthorised entrance to the venue and will perform the following duties: keep prohibited items out of the venue; secure perimeters around the venue; conduct security inspections; and verify tickets/credentials.

•   Crowd Safety Steward: maintain a safe, orderly environment, and guide spectators to their seats. Maintain an orderly environment and prevent unauthorised entry to the playing area. They will normally observe and report problems in crowd, protect the field, resolve problems for teams, and evacuate playing area if necessary.

•   Security Force: police officers and/or security guards employed to protect physical (facility) and human (people) assets.

It is important to prepare and carry out simulations of likely scenarios at your venue. Conducting  training exercises improves readiness by evaluating operations and plans and reinforces the concept of teamwork. These exercises help facility managers to:

•   Clarify roles and responsibilities

•   Improve interagency coordination and communication

•   Reveal resource gaps

•   Develop individual performance

•   Identify opportunities for improvement

We at Safe and Trained have a team ready to support the French authorities and indeed in the UK to provide  strategies for deterring and combatting this threat.

We are looking for like minded organisations and individuals who could support and assist us to promote our solutions to the French Football Federation and within the UK.

Please get in touch if you are that person?