Emergency service charities combine.(News)

The UK's four major emergency services charities are to combine resources in the event of another terrorist strike. The charities--the British Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the St John Ambulance and the WRVS--have signed a concordat with local authorities, fire and police that binds them to closer co-operation in the event of a major terrorist incident.

The agreement was signed in Harrogate by the Local Government Association, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Chief Fire Officers Association, the four major charities, plus the Samaritans, Victim Support, Cruse Bereavement Care, and the British Association for Immediate Care.

The concordant was signed on the same day as the London bombings, when hundreds of charity volunteers helped the injured and dying. …

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