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Firecrews test readiness for trapped buildings, high rise towers and multi-vehicle accidents

Have you ever wondered how firefighters in Somerset prepare for major emergencies?

The Breeze has been given access to this week's major multi-agency training exercise at the force HQ.

Crews from across Devon & Somerset have been practising rescuing people from trapped buildings or rubble, high rise towers and multi-vehicle accidents.

In 2012 the Government wanted emergency services to start working better together and they now conduct multi-agency exercises to 'pool skills' and understand what each agency is capable of or requires at the scene of incidents.

Lessons learnt include coordinating where equipment is placed near to the scene of emergencies -  so for example it doesn't slow down the access by ambulances to and from the incident.

Fire service Group manager Paul Cross told us more

The exercise took place at 'Station 60', or the brigade HQ, which is the hub for Devon and Somerset’s National Resilience response.

Station 60 crews provides Urban Search and Rescue and High Volume Pump capabilities for both local and national incidents. 

They also provide support for the Incident Response Units.

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