Several of my online friends have asked for my opinion on the recent events in London and Manchester.
So here goes..
Everyone and their dog has voiced an opinion on the events, most of which were negative.
People are blaming it on everything from reduction in policing to “Red Flag” Operations by govt departments.
There has been the usual call for deportation of muslims and restrictions on immigration.
I have even seen a discussion about making firearms laws stricter, strange when the attackers were armed with knives.
At the other end of the scale, arming security guards and door supervisors has also been discussed.
Well I’m not going to comment on on any of that..
We learn a lot when things go wrong and this lesson was a hard one. But there were a lot of plus points to be taken from the attacks.
From Manchester we can see that the first responders and medical professionals worked well under pressure.
Even with reduced staffing levels, staff volunteered to work around the clock to deal with the victims.
This shows a level of dedication that should be recognised.
From London, we see that increased police presence can reduce response times. 8 minutes from the first 999 call to resolved incident is amazing.
In both cases the responders showed their professionalism and training are top notch.
So how can we improve for the next time?
And yes I do believe there will be a next time.
The govt needs to increase the numbers of police on the beat, looking at the risks and also improving training.
More funding and staff for NHS, not more chiefs but hands on ward and ambulance staff.
Could we possibly implement a locally based multi-discipline response team, made up of firearms trained police, paramedics and firefighters?
People way above my pay grade will discuss this for years..
But what can we as individuals do?
I have seen people advertising on FB that they are running “Knife Defence” training.
Save your money folks, the best defence against a knife is to run away.
Second best, is to hide.
Only fight if there is no other option.
Oh I believe there is a need for individual training but spend your money on stuff that helps.
First Aid is a must and please don’t think taking a basic CPR course is enough.
Take the best course you can afford.
Make sure you cover major injuries and bleeding.
If you have kids make sure it covers their age group. There are specific courses for under 5’s.
Carry a basic first aid kit on your person, include a rescusitation mask and gloves as a minimum.
You can buy key chain or belt kits on eBay and Amazon.
Buy a full British Standard first aid kit for your car, rather than a travel kit.
Have a larger kit at home, better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Make sure to keep your kits stocked and up to date.
Take a self-protection and awareness course.
Please remember not all Self-Defence courses were created equal, many won’t cover situation awareness.
Just because an instructor is a martial artist, doesn’t mean they are qualified or experienced in Self-Defence.
Make sure whatever you choose to learn is fit for purpose, covering the law and situation awareness, rather than just techniques.
Most people don’t understand the inherent risks in modern society and put themselves in bad situations daily.
Situation awareness training will teach you to see the real world you live in, the dangers signs are there to be seen if you know what to look for.
The key is to trust your instincts.
If things feel wrong they probably are and you should leave.
Please feel free to contact me for free advice on any of the above and stay safe..
Speak to you soon..