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High Rise training exercise

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Several fire appliances will be attending the exercise, which is being staged at the Travel Lodge in Cathedral Plaza in the city centre from 10.45am on Sunday June 26.

The aim of the exercise is to familiarise crews in firefighting and command and control procedures for incidents in high rise buildings, with the focus on extinguishing fire and the search and rescue of any casualties.

Watch Commander Carl Horsburgh from H&WFRS explained that any fire engines seen near Cathedral Plaza on Sunday were likely to be part of the exercise.

He said: "We have a protocol in place for tackling fires in high rise buildings and it's important that all firefighters are fully acquainted with these procedures. By holding these training exercises in realistic surroundings, we can prepare better for real emergency situations, helping to improve firefighter safety and raise the awareness of those who work or live in high rise buildings."

He confirmed that a structured de-brief would follow the exercise and that any key learning points would be taken forward as future tactical plans and policy were formed.

Fire engines from Worcester, Droitwich, Bromsgrove, Pebworth and Malvern are expected to take part.

Watch Commander Horsburgh also thanked staff at the Travel Lodge for their support with the training exercise.