Rescue exercise at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Shropshire firefighters used condemned buildings at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to carry out an emergency rescue exercise last night (Tue).

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has been working in partnership with the Trust to make use of the buildings before they are demolished as part of a major construction project taking place on the site.

The exercise, which involved 3 fire appliances, the incident command vehicle and 20 firefighters, took place between 7pm and 9pm.

It involved crews carrying out a search and rescue exercise wearing breathing apparatus and external carry-downs from the accommodation block using ladders.

Organizing Officer, Cameron Taylor reports that the fire crews were able to practice their rescue skills and techniques in a good realistic location, especially with the ability to fill 2 floors of the accommodation building with artificial smoke and wished to express his appreciation to the Trust for their partnership.

2nd December, 2009