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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters in multi agency incident exercise

18/11/2015

Staffordshire firefighters took part in a major incident training exercise to practice rescuing casualties with simulated trauma and injuries.

“The exercise was extremely positive and a great example of the strength of partnership work between the fire service, the ambulance service and fire service volunteers who also played a vital role within the exercise."

Station Manager at Cannock Community Fire Station Neil Pedersen

Crews from Cannock, Brewood and Rugeley Fire Stations were joined by colleagues from West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service. Firefighters and paramedics were put to the test as part of the exercise on Monday November 16 at Cannock Fire Station.

The exercise required firefighters to use their skills to rescue ‘real-life’ casualties from the Casualty Simulation Group, complete with realistic make-up to reflect their injuries.

The firefighters responded as they would in a real incident. Enacting exactly what they would do at each stage as though the incident had really taken place. This enabled them to practice and test their procedures alongside the emergency response from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Officers from both services practiced incident command and control standards designed to keep firefighters and members of the public safe in line with national command control standards.

Station Manager at Cannock Community Fire Station Neil Pedersen said: “The exercise was extremely positive and a great example of the strength of partnership work between the fire service, the ambulance service and fire service volunteers who also played a vital role within the exercise.
 
“In light of recent events training exercises such as these are even more vital so that emergency services have a coordinated approach should a major incident occur.”

In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.

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