A major training exercise will be launched by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service at the weekend (July 9th) when firefighters will test their skills.
They will use part of the disused maternity unit at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to carry out realistic rescues using breathing apparatus and search and rescue techniques.
Fire officers will also test their communication, casualty handling and incident command procedures during the training event on the morning of Saturday, July 9.
A total of 20 firefighters from Shrewsbury and Telford and four fire appliances will be at the scene.
Crew Manager Alex Howell, of Shrewsbury’s Green Watch, thanked hospital staff for allowing them to use part of the hospital, most of which was no longer in use, for their fire drills.
“It is always difficult to find realistic buildings where we can train so the old maternity hospital is perfect,” he said.