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Exercise Morpheus

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A range of firefighting skills and operational procedures were put to the test at the weekend as Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) took part in an emergency planning exercise, known as Exercise Morpheus.

Exercise Morpheus, a joint operation between HWFRS and West Midlands Fire Service, was held at the National Fire Service College at Moreton-in-March in Gloucestershire, on Saturday 23 October.

Fire appliances from Droitwich, Worcester, Hereford and Kidderminster attended along with appliances and crews from the West Midlands.

While the principal aim of the exercise was to test Breathing Apparatus procedures at a large scale incident, it also tested joint command and control systems, the capabilities of crews in dealing with fire under and above ground and also the application of compartment firefighting techniques.

The simulated scene for the exercise was a large shopping complex style building with three levels and a basement, and those participating were asked to respond to reports of smoke and fire on more than one level.

Group Manager Mick Cadman from HWFRS said: "This exercise helped us to test our breathing apparatus procedures at large incidents while working alongside another Fire and Rescue Service. The simulation was as realistic as we could make it and will help ensure that all those involved are as prepared and as confident as they can be for any future large scale emergencies." .