WELL DONE BTP, MPS, NHS, LUL, LAS, LFB, TFL

An outstanding effort by all those involved in the response to the 7th July attacks.

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#1
I think we should all take a moment and express the gratitude and thanks which the members of the British Transport Police, London Underground Ltd, London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London, the NHS and the Metropolitan Police Service all deserve for their outstanding response to the terrorist attacks on London yesterday. And also pause, and remember those who've died in our thoughts and prayers.

Across the network it was LUL staff (so often belittled and abused) who were first on the scene, evacuating passengers from trains and tunnels, before the blue light services arrived. Away from the actual attacks LUL staff did their best to get people home, or at least part of the way.

At the same time the fire fighter, police and paramedics - and of course the doctors and nurses - of the various blue light services were all doing an absolutely outstanding job. All the months of exercises, planning and preparation paid of in the smooth and efficient response to this outrage.

It speak volumes, I feel, for London's character and resiliance, and also for the professionalism of our public services, that in less than 24 hours from the first attack the buses were running again, and the Tubes will also be running. I do wonder if this would be the case in other world cities.

Well done.
 
#3
Well done to all the Blue Lights, all the Medics of all types, all the civvie transport workers and also the people of London who have remained calm and resilient in the face of these attacks
 

Unknown_Quantity

War Hero
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#7
Congratulations to all the professions involved in sorting it out. They did great credit to themselves and the city as a whole.
 

Rod924

LE
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#9
Top Drills - Proves without questions that the 7 P's works - Well done
 
#11
From The Scum:

No10 Operation Fightback

By GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON Deputy Political Editor
and SIMON HUGHES

A £2BILLION counter-terror operation swung into action within minutes of the first explosion.

Downing Street aides burst into the weekly Cabinet meeting at No10 and broke the news of the attacks.

Deputy PM John Prescott immediately convened a meeting of COBRA, Britain’s war cabinet.

London Transport announced the cause of the explosions was a “power surge” — false information deliberately designed to reduce panic.

Key ministers were whisked from Downing Street through secret tunnels to the blast-proof underground COBRA bunker.

They included Home Secretary Charles Clarke, Defence Secretary John Reid, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Health supremo Pat Hewitt, Cabinet Office boss John Hutton and Mr Prescott.

There they met with the heads of MI5, MI6, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

The whole operation was chaired by Bill Jeffrey, Security and Intelligence Coordinator.

A senior official said: “As soon as word reached Cabinet, everything we had planned for kicked into gear.

“People were moved directly to where they should be. Plans were carried out to the letter. All the hard work and preparation seemed to pay off.”

Chancellor Gordon Brown has earmarked an annual £2billion budget to deal with anti-terrorist measures since 9/11.

COBRA gave the go-ahead for their counter-terrorism strategy codenamed CONTEST to kick in.

The Army was ordered into action on the streets of London in case the capital was under attack.

The Met, City and Transport police, fire, paramedic and all hospitals in the region were put on full alert.

Extra staff were called into Scotland Yard’s control room to oversee and co-ordinate the response to the crisis.

Expert search teams backed by explosives and forensic teams were called up.

British Transport Police chief Andy Trotter said: “It was obvious from the start that this was a major incident.”

Marked and unmarked police cars sped across the capital to the scenes of devastation.

Forty London fire engines manned by 200 firefighters with specialist lifting and cutting gear sped to help.

Wearing breathing apparatus and protective suits, they moved into tunnels to reach victims.

Meanwhile the London Ambulance Service despatched more than 100 ambulances to ferry the wounded to hospital.

A further 50 ambulances were deployed from the neighbouring counties of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Essex, Surrey and Kent backed by vehicles from the St John Ambulance Service and the British Red Cross.

More than 250 ambulancemen and women went into action.

Doctors and nurses were sent to the blast scenes. Medical staff gave victims tags to prioritise them for treatment in accordance with the seriousness of their injuries.

Seven of the capital’s hospitals swung into major incident mode. As soon as London Underground became aware of the first blast a Code Amber alert was given.

Trains were directed to the nearest platforms and halted and passengers evacuated.

Tube workers were first to comfort the injured.

Underground boss Tim O’Toole said: “Staff performed magnificently in the ten to 20 minutes before others could be there.

“Reports I have indicate that I should feel intense pride — they have done a fantastic job.”

As the drama unfolded mobile phone networks went into melt-down as thousands of people called worried relatives.

A contingency exists for systems to be shut down if it is feared terrorists are using phones to detonate devices.

But last night it was confirmed that problems in making calls arose because of the sheer numbers using the different networks.

Emergency services in London have carried out at least ten full-scale rehearsals to cope with an attack on the capital.

Crucially, that included dealing with a multiple bomb attack on the London Underground.

Tony Blair chaired a second meeting of COBRA after flying by helicopter from the G8 summit.
I put this here simply because this reportage from The Scum reinforces your views - a job well done by all concerned. Not entirely certain that The Scum has its facts straight, but does it ever?

And having been in 'COBRA', I can say that the thought of being stuck in there with 2 Jags and Fungus fills me with creeping horror.
 
#12
Very prompt, professional and calm (professional) all round. Impressive too was the composure of the walking wounded.

Reference the Met, I imagine ethnic factors monitoring and equality and diversity classes were suspended for the day.

BZ
 
#13
Darth_Doctrinus said:
...And having been in 'COBRA', I can say that the thought of being stuck in there with 2 Jags and Fungus fills me with creeping horror.
Owww....swing that light Darth.:)

(When I......)
 
#14
Yes a big well done to all thos that helped, including the locals that stopped to assist with no profesional training.
 
F

fozzy

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#15
Yes - absolutely outstanding response on a truly terrible day.
Excellent drills - especially using buses to transport the walking wounded - brilliant.

Full marks to those that helped a stranger yesterday too - even a kind word or just a friendly gesture.

Chuffed at the response by my fellow citizens and our friends from overseas -the complete opposite to the lowlife that caused the outrage
 
#16
Outstanding performances from all concerned.
 
#17
Some of our folks had only 5 weeks in and were on their Street Duties course, yet despite the horrors, the youngsters got in there and did the business. There are many tales of trying to carry injured and often limbless casualties through the long smoke filled tunnels. It got very emotional for some people afterwards. Some of the ones who were carried so far did not make it and this was one of the hardest things to bear for all those involved. The seat of the explosion was quite horrific apparently. Everyone involved whether police, rail staff, medics and travellers showed great strength of character yesterday.
 
#18
SuperTrooper said:
Some of our folks had only 5 weeks in and were on their Street Duties course, yet despite the horrors, the youngsters got in there and did the business. There are many tales of trying to carry injured and often limbless casualties through the long smoke filled tunnels. It got very emotional for some people afterwards. Some of the ones who were carried so far did not make it and this was one of the hardest things to bear for all those involved. The seat of the explosion was quite horrific apparently. Everyone involved whether police, rail staff, medics and travellers showed great strength of character yesterday.
Not a job I'd have fancied doing - they're good eggs every last one of 'em. Whiffler can speak no higher.
 
#19
Well done to all involved

Pray for the relatives

RIP
 

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