“Trojan Ambulances”: an emerging threat

A trusted vehicle such as an ambulance could be used as part of a terrorist plot to help deliver a vehicle borne improvised explosive device to its intended target. Such a vehicle being used in this manner is called a ‘Trojan’ vehicle. Examples of such use exist from other countries worldwide and it is not unreasonable to think that this type of terrorism attack could be used in this country. Drastic mitigation measures have been used abroad to prevent this form of terrorist attack from occurring; however, these can cause delay to patient care and hospital access. In this country more simple security measures (such as those used to prevent theft of property) can be utilised to mitigate against this type of attack, and paramedics, along with the wider ambulance sector, have a role to play in implementing such security measures and preventing such an attack.

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