Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Training exercise in Uckfield prepares for any future emergencies

Firefighters carried out a drill at Grants Hill House - a retirement and sheltered housing complex run by Wealden District Council - to ensure that they can respond quickly and effectively to any emergency.

Crews from Uckfield arrived at the home, where fake smoke was being used to simulate a house fire.

They assessed the situation and, wearing breathing apparatus, entered the property and rescued an injured casualty – in this case a dummy, which weighs the same as an adult - before putting out the fake fire.

Kevin Clift from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: "These training exercises are of great value as they allow us to experience first hand the challenges we would face should there be a real fire."

Cllr Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing at Wealden District Council said: “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with local fire crews on this training exercise. We obviously take safety very seriously and it is reassuring to see what would happen should residents need to dial 999.”

No residents were involved in the exercise.

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