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Training to combat airport terrorism

Thursday, 24th June, 2010

* Local police, fire brigade and ambulance officers and council staff at yesterday’s program. * Local police, fire brigade and ambulance officers and council staff at yesterday’s program.

The Police Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command were
in the city yesterday to conduct training exercises for local airport
security.
Twenty-four country airports will be tested in the 2009-10 Regional
Airport Training and Exercise (RATE) program, police said.
The NSW Police Force Counter Terriorism and Special Tactics Command co-ordinated the training which involves a specialist team visiting each of the airports to undertake a range of activities.
The training team comprises officers from the Counter Terrorism and
Special Tactics Command
Co-ordinated Response
Group which includes Fire
Brigade and Ambulance
Service officers and representatives
of the Office of
Transport Security,
Department of
Infrastructure, Transport,
Regional Development
and Local Government.
The Counter Terrorism
and Special Tactics
Command Terrorism
Intelligence Unit, and
Australian Federal Police
Aviation Intelligence
teams also attended.
Sergeant Peter Ray,
from the Counter
Terrorism and Special
Tactics Co-ordinated
Response Group, said that
despite the extremely low
threat an upgrade in awarness
was needed.
“Enhancing security is
constantly looked at,” said
Sergeant Ray.
He said the program
also addressed normal
domestic airport problems.

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