A strong sense of perspective.(Viewpoint)

in spite of the many warnings of terrorist attacks, the carnage that ripped London apart on July 7 finally catapulted the capital and country to a realisation that the new age of terrorism had finally and perhaps irreversibly arrived. Extensive preparation to ensure best possible response undoubtedly saved many lives, but just as crucial to public assurance was old-fashioned values displayed by emergency responders.

It seems strange that our last issue concentrated on the impact of violent attacks on firefighters and what can be done to mitigate these assaults. Stranger still, that during the last of the London explosions, this reporter was listening to a discourse on the relative merits of investing in civil resilience as opposed to areas that could see a greater reduction in deaths and injuries (see pg 12). …

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