Water rescue training in Ludlow

Shropshire firefighters are to “rescue” stranded casualties in a water training exercise to mirror real life rescues carried out on the fast flowing River Teme at Ludlow.

The training exercise is due to take place on September 8 between 6pm and 9pm in Ludlow to test the skills of the crews using throwlines, a boat and carrying out bankside searches for missing people.

Firefighters from Ludlow and Craven Arms will be first on scene supported by specialist crews and officers from Shrewsbury and Tweedale.

Retained Support Officer Jason Norgrove, of Ludlow, said that firefighters had attended incidents in the past to rescue people and animals from the River Teme and along the river banks.

“It is for this reason that exercises are so important to us so that all our firefighters are trained ready for any type of water rescue.

“We do rescue a lot of people who get caught out on the river and get into difficulties in and around the number of weirs.” said Mr Norgorve.

11th August, 2010