Fire and Rescue Service ‘Exercise Phoenix’ is a great success
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service completed training exercise Phoenix on Sunday 23 September, giving firefighters and emergency partners the opportunity to rehearse a multi-agency large-scale incident.
Fifteen fire engines, other fire service vehicles, and around 100 firefighters from both HWFRS and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service plus and police officers, student paramedics, members of the Young Firefighters Association, Severn Trent, and the Environment Agency participated in Exercise Phoenix, as part of this six hour whole-service training activity.
Drones provided eyes-in-the-sky, and search dog Marley and his handler Firefighter Robin Baer from Urban Search & Rescue completed the multi-discipline team.
Group Commander George Marshall said: "Exercise Phoenix gave us the opportunity to challenge our firefighters with the rescue of up to 50 people from a large building, using breathing apparatus and ladder rescue skills, and to relay water over a distance, in case hydrants are not available, to put out a fire.
"We worked together with our partners from incident command, the other emergency services, utilities and the environment to complete the scenario of a serious incident and will use what we learned from the day to ensure our operational plans best protect our communities in 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."
While HWFRS undertook this annual training event, emergency fire and rescue response capabilities were maintained at normal levels throughout the day and crews responded to 10 emergency call-outs including property fires, a fire in the open, the search for a missing person, and road traffic collisions.