Bartenders, waiters and CLEANERS versus ISIS: Front of house staff warned to be ready to combat knife-wielding and truck-driving terrorists while they wait for police to arrive
by Peter Devlin, Daily Mail Australia, December 3, 2017
Bartenders, waiters and cleaners have been warned to ready themselves to fight terrorists in the event of attacks.
In the lead up to New Year’s Eve celebrations police are telling nightclubs, restaurants, shopping centres and sports grounds across NSW their staff need to be trained to deal with armed terrorists.
Police have warned ‘front of house staff’ across a range if industries to prepare for a ‘probable’ terrorist attack, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Senior Sergeant Rob Fleischer said ‘frontline staff need to understand the plans’ in the event of an attack.
‘A lot of times it’s not going to be us (police) who are going to be dealing with the first five minutes. The first five minutes is front of house staff,’ he said.
Inspector Peter Aitken said the warning referred to ‘ushers, people who take money at checkouts, cleaners, security…. there’s a whole range.’
Staff must be able to spot suspicious behaviour and be ready to help patrons to safety during an attack.
This comes in the wake of the arrest of Somali-Australian alleged terrorist Ali Khalif Shire, who was accused of plotting an ISIS-inspired New Year’s Eve attack….