National Health Service (NHS) paramedics in Britain will be given bullet-proof jackets and receive training to deal with Mumbai-style terror attack.
NHS volunteers will be trained to treat battlefield casualties during what the Home Office calls a "marauding terrorist gun attack," like the one that left 164 dead in Mumbai three years ago.
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"The government has to prepare for the worst and we also need to be certain that lessons are learnt from previous terrorist attacks at home and abroad," the Home Office said.
"Where specialist ambulance crews may be asked to respond to incidents involving firearms, it is necessary that they receive proper training and are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment," it added.
The move, which according to one military source, was designed to replicate protection given to the army, was applauded by former terrorism czar Lord Carlile as a 'very sensible precaution'.
This is the first time the equipment, such as bullet-proof jackets, has been given to medics on the mainland.