.– What is the threat and what kind of weapon does the perpetrator have? Is it a firearm, or a stabbing weapon?
– We must get those messages out to all the emergency services in the present. That is what is demanding, says Hans-Christian Johansen, police superintendent in South-East Norway.
This time it’s just an exercise.
On Thursday, the police, fire brigade and ambulance service trained on how to interact when the PLIVO alarm goes off, in the town where five people were killed almost a year ago by Espen Andersen Bråthen.
“PLIVO” stands for “Ongoing Life-Threatening Violence”, and triggers a full call for all emergency services. When the alarm goes off, it’s serious.
– It is extremely important for us to be as ready as possible. We always want to be able to improve, that’s why we practice. We must constantly develop, says Johansen.
He is happy that they now have a proper exercise with the fire brigade and the ambulance service again. They haven’t had that since before the corona pandemic.
The murders in Hyttegata last year are fresh in the memory.
– It is a serious backdrop, says Johansen.
In the police’s evaluation of their own efforts, they concluded that they did what could be expected of them, but that there was potential for improvement in the interaction between the emergency services.
– The most important thing for us here today is to practice interaction with the police. The fact that we have a common understanding of the situation and make a common plan when we have incidents with potentially many dead and injured. It can be confusing and therefore it is important that the emergency services are able to interact and prioritize correctly, says Lillian Solbakken, deputy ambulance manager.
During the day, the emergency services had four drills, where they practiced different scenarios. Also based on which emergency service first arrived at the scene.
– We must interact so that the three emergency services are trained on what each individual agency’s specific tasks are in such a situation, and actually put it together in a system, says Johansen.
The goal for profit from the day was clear:
– After all, it is to get a sense of mastery that we can manage to stand in this and create a sense of security. So that we have the power to act in the next incident, says Johansen.