Fire crews kept half a mile from Manchester bomb for two hours amid confusion over ‘gunman on loose’

Confusion over whether a gunman was on the loose after the Manchester Arena bombing meant specialist firefighters were not sent to the scene for more than two hours, a report has found.

The fire service was left effectively “outside of the loop” of police and ambulance crews, so firefighters trained in first-aid and terror scenarios did not get permission to go to the scene, despite being stationed half a mile away.

“Strategic oversights” by police commanders led to confusion over whether there was an “active shooter” after the attack that killed 22 and poor communications meant fire crews only arrived two hours and six minutes after the bombing.

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Source: The Telegraph