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Dartford firefighters strapped on their harnesses and went inside ventilation tunnels last week in an important exercise to test carrying out rescues from unusual situations.
Fire crews carried out a simulated rescue of someone who had become trapped as part of the training drill, which took place at The Leigh Technology Academy, Dartford.
The purpose was to continue the crews’ training using Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) safe access equipment, which can be used for rescues from height, depth and areas of difficult access.
The training, which lasted about two hours, involved crews wearing breathing apparatus, working with limited visibility to search and locate the ‘casualty’ before bringing him safely to the surface.
White Watch Manager, Dave Read, said: “People don’t realise that we get called out to all sorts of incidents – not just house fires and car crashes - this exercise gave us the opportunity to test how we would deal with the more unusual scenario so we thank The Leigh Technology Academy for facilitating this event.
“Our firefighters are able to take this invaluable experience to genuine incidents, bringing with them a great deal of expertise and confidence to deal with whatever they may face, quickly and correctly.”
Nick Campbell, Premises Manager at The Leigh Technology Academy said: “We were happy to be able to assist Kent Fire and Rescue Service with their training. It provided us with a good opportunity to test out our emergency plans and ensure the continued safety of our staff and pupils.”
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Photos of the exercise are available from the Press Office on 01622 692121