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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service leads multi-agency exercise

28/06/2017

Staff involved in a multi-agency exercise
Fire and police involved in a previous multi-agency exercise

Firefighters from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) are set to take part in a multi-agency exercise to test their incident command and response skills.

“We have worked with Tamworth Borough Council to make sure that the residents that live in Stanhope House, and the surrounding blocks, are all aware that the exercise is taking place and while the sight of so many emergency vehicles may be unusual, we hope that the disruption to residents will be minimal."

Station Manager Martin Weaver

The exercise, which has been planned for several months, will see emergency services responding to a staged incident at a high rise block of flats in Lichfield Street, Tamworth.

Organisers of the exercise have decided to continue with the training scenario despite the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London. The exercise was planned before the London incident took place and forms part of the Service’s regular preparation for a variety of incidents. Local residents were notified about the exercise some time ago.

The staged incident will take place between 10.30am on Friday June 30, and is likely to finish by around 12.30pm.

Firefighters from Tamworth, Cannock, Barton-under-Needwood and Chase Terrace, will be called upon to respond to an ‘incident’ at a flat within Stanhope House, a high rise block. The exercise is an opportunity for the incident commander and crews to put their training and skills into practice, alongside colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Police.

Station Manager Martin Weaver said: “In light of the Grenfell Tower fire we’ve given careful consideration to going ahead with this exercise but feel that it should still happen as part of crews’ varied and regular training.

“We also feel it will reassure residents that we take the safety of residents living in high rise blocks very seriously. We are committed to working with partners to ensure their safety at all times and by staging this incident we can make sure crews are as prepared as they can be to respond to emergencies within this type of building.

“We have worked with Tamworth Borough Council to make sure that the residents that live in Stanhope House, and the surrounding blocks, are all aware that the exercise is taking place and while the sight of so many emergency vehicles may be unusual, we hope that the disruption to residents will be minimal.

“We can’t provide any more detailed information about the incident at this time as we try to keep an element of surprise so that crews and the incident commander can respond as spontaneously and realistically as possible. However, once the exercise gets underway we will tweet information about what is happening as part of the exercise and information will also be posted on our website once the exercise has finished.”