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Margate firefighters join forces with Coastguard for dramatic mud rescue exercise

Margate firefighters join forces with Coastguard for dramatic mud rescue exercise

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Joint mud rescue exercise involving KFRS, Coastguard and Kent Police

13 May 2016

Four people became stuck in mud in Margate Harbour today (Friday 13 May) and needed Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) and the Coastguard to pull them to safety. However those four people were actually ‘dummies’, and the emergency rescue was a joint training exercise which also included Kent Police.

The exercise, on the harbour arm in Margate tested the joint working of the three emergency services, which allowed those involved to gain greater understanding of the specialist equipment used in such situations. The training also helped outline the roles each emergency service would play in such a rescue.

The scenario the crews faced involved a sequence of individuals who had either fallen from the harbour arm or had become trapped in the mud at low tide.

Margate’s Red watch firefighters, together with KFRS’ Water Safety Unit that specialise in unstable surfaces, who are based in Whitstable who worked together with the Maritime Coastguard Agency, including their line rescue crews. 

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Joint mud rescue exercise involving KFRS, Coastguard and Kent Police

Red Watch Manager, Nick Salt said: “The mud rescue scenarios deliberately replicated the conditions all emergency services might face during an incident of this type, where it’s essential that we work closely with our partner emergency service colleagues.

"We’re called to a wide range of challenging incidents and have to work under pressure, often in difficult working spaces. Our job is about saving lives and achieving the best possible outcome for those trapped or injured as quickly and effectively as possible and these mud rescues today provided an excellent opportunity for both KFRS and the Coastguard teams to test our response, incident command, casualty handling and time critical care skills."

Nick added: “These types of training scenarios are one of many similar events organised by KFRS and take place regularly through out the year to test our procedures in the event of real emergencies, in all conditions.”

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Joint mud rescue exercise involving KFRS, Coastguard and Kent Police
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