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July 24th 2014

ARMY RESERVISTS ARE READY TO SUPPORT THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Army Reserves are in place and ready to undertake their venue security role at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Around 140 Army Reserves completed a five-day military- run course at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, in Grantham, Lincolnshire to prepare them for their role that will see them providing support to the police.

The soldiers will be ensuring visitors to the venues don’t have any prohibited items and ensuring nothing disrupts the enjoyment of the games. They have been trained in the use of Rapiscan x-ray equipment; a security system often used at airports for the checking of hand luggage and handheld metal detectors, as well as vehicle searches and conflict management and general guarding.

The Army Reserves will be joined by around 800 regular Army soldiers and around 300 each from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. The support is being provided at the request of Police Scotland and has been approved by the Home Office.

Lieutenant Jack Gordon from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment who is the Officer in charge of the training package said: “The training has gone extremely well. Although some of the training, for example the vehicle search, is exactly the same as that which would be received on an operational tour,  the approach is totally different.

“Some of the soldiers also completed the same tasks for the London Olympics and jumped at the chance to support the Commonwealth Games.”

One of the Reserves working at the Games will be Sergeant Kirk Duffus (41) from Livingstone, Edinburgh. He joined 153 Field Company, part of 102 Battalion REME, having completed 22-years full time service: “I love the Army and I wanted to carry on.  I’m looking forward to working at the Games; I see it as giving something back to society. 

“We’ve had excellent training and there is no doubt with the amount of people coming to the Games we will be working hard, but we are looking forward to being a part of what will be a fantastic event. I’m also hoping that I will get to see some of the sport when I have time off.”

Major David Fox of 49(East)Brigade who co-ordinated the training said: “The job the soldiers will be doing carries with it an awful lot of responsibility, but that is nothing new for a serving soldier and they are all enthusiastic and looking forward to their role. I am sure they will do a fantastic and very professional job.”