Police “dragged their feet” in introducing know-how that might have helped them talk with the opposite emergency companies on the night time of the Manchester Arena assault, the inquiry has heard.
Firefighters didn’t deploy to the world for greater than two hours as a result of they might not get by way of to police and just one paramedic entered the scene of the explosion within the first 40 minutes.
Salman Abedi killed 22 males, ladies and youngsters when he blew himself up in a suicide bomb assault on the finish of an Ariana Grande live performance in May 2017.
The inquiry is investigating whether or not any of the victims might have been saved if the emergency companies had reacted quicker.
A pc utility referred to as Resilience Direct allowed completely different companies to add info from the scene of an assault in order that the opposite responders might see what was occurring.
It had been launched by the Cabinet Office in 2014 however had nonetheless not been utilized by Greater Manchester Police three years later when the bomb went off as a result of they had been involved about sharing paperwork, the inquiry was instructed.
A police report discovered it was “likely it will be critical in a threat-based major incident” and there was a “government expectation” that it might be used as a reporting device to achieve situational consciousness.
“It would therefore be beneficial for GMP and partners to have embedded familiarity to enhance ad hoc no notice use,” the report mentioned.
Pete Weatherby QC, for the victims’ households, requested if the system was accessible for use on the night time.
Sgt Stephen Henderson, who had really helpful its use, mentioned it had not been “signed off” and wouldn’t have been seen by the power responsibility officer.
“Given it was available from 2014, would it be fair comment to say GMP had dragged their feet in bringing Resilience Direct into use?” Mr Weatherby requested.
“That was signed off at the end of September 2016 and we were developing a protocol with partners to actually implement it,” Sgt Henderson defined.
“It took four years to bring Resilience Direct into proper use and that was significantly after the arena attack?” Mr Weatherby requested.
“That’s correct. I can’t comment what happened with GMP and the system we inherited,” Mr Henderson mentioned.
Resilience Direct was described as a “secure web-based tool” to help in “situational awareness” and communication between emergency companies.
It was mentioned to be a web-based personal community which enabled emergency companies to work collectively through the preparation, response and restoration phases of an occasion, each from the scene of the assault and in management rooms.
Daniel Mansell, for Greater Manchester Police, mentioned there have been “concerns around a large number of people being able to access sensitive police documents” and the issues had been shared by different forces.
But a “risk assessment” was signed off by Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare in September 2016 and the duty of introducing the programme was handed to the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum which introduced all of the emergency companies collectively.
Earlier the inquiry heard that workers cuts on the firearms unit and coaching college put the inspector in cost of coverage underneath “intolerable pressure” and he utilized for a switch.
Inspector Simon Lear mentioned the quantity of inspectors within the firearms unit dropped from eight to 5 and ultimately three.