Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Forest Row firefighters head to reservoir for training

Firefighters from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have carried out a special training exercise at Weir Wood reservoir. 

Forest Row Community Fire Station firefighters worked alongside Southern Water staff to stage a mock exercise, where an “injured victim” became stuck at the bottom of the three-storey inlet tower in the middle of the reservoir.

Firefighters with breathing apparatus had to rescue the casualty and escort them safely to the top of the tower.

Dave Collins, Southern Water Operator, said: “The day went well, with no hiccups. It’s always interesting to take part in these exercises and it’s reassuring to know our local firefighters are familiar with the site.”

Pup Upton, Station Manager at Crowborough, Forest Row and Wadhurst Community Fire Stations, said: “It is beneficial for our firefighters to be able to train in this way. They are able to experience first-hand how to deal with difficult incidents in unusual locations and we’re grateful that Southern Water was so supportive.”

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