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Fire Service exercise in Hereford this weekend

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) will be holding a training exercise in the middle of Hereford this weekend and want to alert shoppers in advance to avoid any unnecessary alarm as they see fire engines pulling up in the town centre.

The exercise, which will take place between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 26 September at the Butter Market in High Town, will involve several fire appliances and other Fire Service vehicles, and aims to test breathing apparatus and other guideline procedures in a realistic setting.

Hereford Station Manager Jon Butlin explained: "The Butter Market is busy and centrally located in Hereford, making it an ideal venue for this exercise.

"We want to give reassurance to those using the town on Sunday that they will be able to go about their business as normal, although there may be some cordons in place and some alternative routes through to the shops.

"We also want to warn shoppers that we will be using cosmetic smoke during the course of the exercise, and so would ask them not to report this if they notice smoke near the Butter Market between 10am and 2pm.

"The exercise will also involve live casualties but again there is no need for concern or alarm as all the injuries will be fake ones."