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Major training exercise in York

16th March 2010

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) are to host a major training exercise later this month involving Fire and Rescue Services from throughout the Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

The scenario will involve searching for, and rescuing simulated casualties from a collapsed building on the old Nestle site on Wigginton Road, York, which is currently being demolished. Specialist vehicles funded by the Government’s New Dimension Programme will converge on the site on Saturday 27th March including the NYFRS Incident Response Unit which is capable of decontaminating large numbers of casualties. The equipment and personnel from Humberside, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and NYFRS expect to be there carrying out real time search and rescue drills from 10.am. until approx 5.pm.

Group Manager Dave McCabe of NYFRS, one of the organisers of the exercise explains;

“Whilst we do not wish to cause alarm to local residents or passers-by, training for a major event like this is an extremely important part of the job we do. This particular exercise is a valuable opportunity to not only test how the Region’s Fire and Rescue Services work together but also to work with the recently established Yorkshire Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).  Opportunities to train together on this scale are rare and we will be looking to take away some important pointers on good practice as well as development needs for the future.”

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