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12 September 2014 - Firefighters put through their paces at waste management site

Firefighters put through their paces at waste management site

Two people trapped below ground level with a fire raging above them sounds like a script from a disaster movie, but was in fact the idea behind a training exercise by KFRS at the Allington Integrated Waste Management Facility on Tuesday night (9 September).

Seven fire engines attended the complex on Laverstock Road based on the scenario that two members of staff had become trapped in the lowest level of the building following a fire.

Those taking part in the exercise played out in real time dealing with a developing fire on the ground floor and basement area of the building, while also searching for the missing employees.

Station Manager Paul Jarvis, who took park in the exercise, said: “This was a good opportunity for our crews to become familiar with the site and ensure that our existing tactical plans for tackling a fire at this location remain up to date.

“Overall the exercise went well and I would like to thank Kent enviropower for their assistance in helping everything run smoothly on the night”.

Michael Osborne, the health and safety manager for Kent enviropower, said: “I would like to thank KFRS for taking the time and arranging such an exercise on our site. It’s always a positive to test our plans and is an absolute must to ensure that we have the most accurate information available to the emergency services.”

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