Training Exercise Tests Emergency Response
Fire crews from Redditch, Bromsgrove and Kidderminster joined forces with colleagues from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Mercia Police and a team of medical first responders, for the exercise which took place at Bordesley Park Farm, Redditch, last week.
The ‘multi-vehicle road traffic collision’ scenario was set up by firefighters in Blue Watch, based at Redditch Fire Station, to test communication between the different organisations and to help understand their priorities at an incident.
Members of the Young Firefighters Association volunteered to act as ‘casualties’ for the duration of the exercise to ensure the scenario was as realistic as possible.
Station Commander Phil Berry, who manages Redditch Fire Station, said: “On arrival at the ‘scene’ the crews were faced with several ‘casualties’ in vehicles spread out across a simulated carriageway. This training exercise enabled crews to work in a realistic and challenging environment and required all of the emergency crews to work together to prioritise the needs of the casualties.
“The exercise proved very useful and gave us the opportunity to talk about our response as a whole group after the incident – this isn’t something we often get chance to do following a real life incident.”
Station Commander Berry passed on his thanks to all of the crews involved in the incident and to the owners of Bordesley Park Farm for allowing use of their site.