Joint water rescue training exercises
Recently, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) and West Midlands Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) undertook a series of joint water, mud and search based rescue exercises along the River Teme in Worcester.
The water based scenarios, collectively named Exercise Bermuda, aimed to provide crews with the opportunity to practise and promote the joint working between emergency services to help develop a greater understanding of the various roles, responsibilities and differing capabilities of responders.
This joint approach falls under the government national initiative called the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) which promotes efficient lines of communication, information sharing and decision-making that is practised in life-like situations by all emergency services.
By committing to this series of training exercises with West Midlands Ambulance HART, the Service is able to refine response skills in specific water rescue scenarios and therefore respond to these types of incidents in the best way possible.
Furthermore, Exercise Bermuda has also enabled the Service to develop a more efficient joint working strategy and both organisations have benefited from working closely with each other.