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Crew go to historic heights to exercise their rescue skills at Napoleonic fort

Crew reach historic heights to exercise their rescue skills at Napoleonic fort

Dover line rescue exercise

5 August 2016

Preparing casualty for transit

Firefighters from Dover, Whitfield and Deal, together with Deal’s specialist line rescue team, were given the unique opportunity to practice their rescue skills at a historic fort in Dover, thanks to the help of volunteers from the Dover Western Heights Preservation Society.

The simulated scenario involved locating and rescuing a ‘casualty’ from the old barracks of Drop Redoubt fort. Fire crews were first faced with gaining access to the fortified defences with ladders to find the casualty and administer first aid. The line rescue team then brought the casualty out of the fort using a Tyrolean traverse - a horizontal tensioned rope system with clips and pulleys - to cross a 10-metre-deep moat.

Dover Watch Manager Andy Batchelor said: “We are extremely grateful to the volunteers from the Dover Western Heights Preservation Society, who very generously gave their time to host this exercise. It gave us an invaluable opportunity to work alongside crews from neighbouring stations in an interesting and challenging setting.”

More information about the Dover Western Heights Preservation Society can be found at http://www.doverwesternheights.org/.

Line rescue team in action at Dover Western Heights
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