Emergency services in Redbridge work together to respond to acid attacks

PUBLISHED: 17:42 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:54 09 August 2017

Met Police have been working with the NHS and London Fire Brigade. Picture: LBTH

Met Police have been working with the NHS and London Fire Brigade. Picture: LBTH


Firefighters in the borough are on standby to respond to acid attacks.

Due to the increase of noxious chemical incidents the police are working with the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and NHS to provide a unilateral emergency service response.

A Met Police spokesman said: “LFB obviously have gallons of water available to them so we have now introduced a procedure whereby when an incident is flagged as an acid attack it will also be flagged to the LFB.”

In the coming weeks NHS response cars will be equipped with extra water to treat victims of acid attacks.

The police are also in talks with the other services over developing an acid attack response kit.

“Some response cars are now equipped with 5L bottles, with a full role out to follow in the coming weeks,” a police spokesman said.

“We are also looking at a kit which would include protective eyewear and gauntlets.”

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