Global & Disaster Medicine

BBC: A breakdown in communication led to a near two-hour delay in sending fire crews to the scene of the Manchester Arena attack on May 22.


Fire crews were deployed to the Ariana Grande gig 1 hour 47 minutes after Salman Abedi killed 22 and injured 512.

“…..The BBC understands the document includes:

  • County Fire Officer Pete O’Reilly was not informed the bomb had gone off for 35 minutes
  • Fire brigade bosses followed protocol by not deploying crews due to the potential risk of a second terrorist incident
  • The brigade claims it did not know until nearly two hours after the attack that the threat had been lifted….”



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