Taipei to conduct drills ahead of Universiade

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — In preparation of the upcoming 29th Summer Universiade (臺北世界大學運動會), several branches of Taipei and the nation’s security and medical forces will conduct a public disaster and anti-terrorism response drill on Thursday. As President Tsai Ing-wen will be personally overseeing the drill, a preliminary rehearsal was scheduled yesterday, with Taipei’s SWAT team and Army both involved. During the rehearsal, the SWAT team demonstrated anti-hostage protocol and strategy on buses like those that will be transporting university athletes from all over the world. The SWATs demonstrated hostage negotiation tactics before showing their weapons proficiency by using flash grenades. The highlight of Monday’s rehearsal was the deployment of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, with local army officers performing rappelling techniques directly from a hovering Black Hawk unit. As the Universiade is set to be the largest sports event Taiwan has held in its history, all security measures have been carefully laid out.

Rehearsals for any unforeseeable incidents have reportedly been going on since last year, in order to ensure that all participating security and medical units will be able to respond quickly and guarantee the safety of all involved.