Fire and Rescue Service ‘Exercise Phoenix’ to rise in Stourport
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service will hold a training event at the former Burlish Middle School on Sunday 23 September.
Twenty fire engines, other fire service vehicles, and around 200 firefighters and officers will participate in Exercise Phoenix, as part of this whole-service training activity. West Mercia Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service will also be involved, and members of the Fire Authority will attend.
Fire crew will gather in locations around the school, on Kingsway, and at Stourport Sports Club from around 08:00hrs, and the exercise will begin at 11:00hrs. It is scheduled to finish, and all crew and vehicles will be off-site, by 16:30hrs.
Daryl Justice, Wyre Forest Station Commander said: "We have written to residents around the school to reassure them that all the activity is planned and that they should not be concerned about the arrival of so many emergency vehicles in their neighbourhood, or the appearance of cosmetic 'smoke' over the school property.
"No fires will be started as part of the training exercise, but drones will be visible in the air as they will be used to help the crew search the buildings.
"I can also confirm that careful planning means that our emergency fire and rescue response capabilities will remain at normal levels throughout the day for the safety of all communities throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire."
Exercise Phoenix is an important part of continuous crew training and resilience planning for HWFRS, which are integral to the Service's vision of 'Saving More Lives' in the two counties.
The location was selected for the training exercise as it is currently disused and wouldn't be affected by damage from the firefighting and rescue procedures that will be used during the training exercise.