GPEC 2018: Train of Thought

German training centre to take delivery of railway carriages for enhanced simulation

Displaying a diorama reminiscent of artist James Cauty’s installation The Aftermath Dislocation Principle Part 1, the stand of the Training Centre Retten and Helfen organisation at the GPEC police equipment exhibition being held in Frankfurt between 20th and 22nd February included an impressive scale model of emergency service responses to several accidents and calamities.

Such models are not just for decoration, but are used extensively by the company to help train first responders to deal with a range of contingencies. The company also has a large-scale facility in southern Germany where disasters can be replicated to provide similar training, but in a ‘real world’ context.
Officials from the firm shared with MONS that it plans to take delivery, by the middle of this year, of several railway carriages, to aid first responder and law enforcement personnel to deal with major incidents on the railways. These carriages will be used to replicate everything from train crashes to terrorist outrages. The spotlight has fallen on train safety and security in recent years, with terrorist incidents on the railways witnessed in Spain in 2003, and more recently in France in 2015 when an attempted gun attack on a train from Paris to Amsterdam was stopped by several passengers; an incident which is now the subject of director Clint Eastwood’s The 15.17 to Paris feature film.

Thomas Withington

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