Members of German Federal Police Special Unit GSG 9 joined forced with fire-fighters to demonstrate their skills on Wednesday during an emergency drill to practice their response in the case of a biological attack.
The practice run took place at the “fighting city” police training complex in Berlin.
Berlin senators denied that there was any active biological weapons threat to the capital but said that practice is essential to securing the public’s safety.
“Practice, Practice, Practice! So that mistakes can be made in the exercises so that we are prepared so that mistakes will not be made should an actual attack take place,” said Interior Minister for the state of Berlin Andreas Geisel.
Berlin carries out such exercises without prior warning to get as close to real response situations as possible. Senators praised the reaction of local hospitals.
“The exercises have gone well, especially with the response of the hospitals. The special situation of Berlin is that we carry out these exercises unannounced that means that we really create the feeling of a real situation,” said Berlin Health Senator Dilek Kolat.
Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control and Prevention said that one main goal was to allow emergency health services and police time to find the best way of working together. — Reuters