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Anti-terrorist drill tests security at Prague venue

Security at the Prague Congress Centre (PCC) was put to the test during the largest anti-terrorist exercise ever held in the Czech Republic.

The two-day drill was carried out by the Rapid Deployment Unit of the Czech Republic earlier this month. The PCC has just undergone extensive modernisation.

As part of the exercise, 70 armed terrorists invaded a musical performance in the presence of 2,000 visitors who were freed by the intervention of elite units of the Czech police.

More than 400 police officers, 50 medical staff and six fire brigade units evacuated the hostages, who were trapped around the building and its vicinity, within seven minutes.

Within a hundred minutes, the last ‘wounded’ person was transported to the Královské Vinohrady Faculty Hospital. Preparation for the event took more than a year.

The PCC is the second largest venue in the Czech Republic and for its location, position and purpose, it belongs among the Czech Republic’s ‘strategic buildings’.

“The effort to increase the safety of our visitors has naturally led to the idea of carrying out a drill where all IRS groups will be able to prove their skills and test their limits and the Prague Congress Centre will be able to practice the evacuation of a large number of people from such complex premises,” said PCC Security Director Jiří Brych.

Since 2016, the Prague Congress Centre has been constantly investing in security. The building is now monitored by more than 300 cameras. All dispatching units have been centralized, and a modern security concept has been set up. Strengthening physical security has also been a part of these changes. The number of security guards has been increased, turnstiles have been installed at the Prague Congress Centre’s entrances, and chip-cards, which contribute to better security of the building and at the same time help when evacuating people, have also been introduced.