Posted: Tuesday 27th March 2018
Our fire and rescue service recently led on a multi-agency exercise – Exercise Rainbow – which was held at the historic property Hatfield House on 26 March.
This exercise was run together with Hertfordshire Constabulary, East of England Ambulance Service, the HART team, British Transport Police, Network Rail, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, and Hatfield House.
Exercise Rainbow was an incident management exercise, designed to test each agency’s response to a major incident at Hatfield House, as well as testing collaboration between the emergency services.
Players in the scenario were told that Hatfield House were due to hold a concert with tens of thousands starting to arrive on site, as well as visitors inside the property, when smoke was reported to appear from the east wing. More information was made available to the players throughout the exercise to test a range of skills.
Our fire crews were tested on their BA (breathing apparatus) search and rescue, firefighting techniques, as well as our salvage capabilities. Crews assisted the house staff in salvaging items of historic importance and value from a priority list.
The exercise provided Hatfield House with the opportunity to test their Incident Management Plan (IMP), fire plans, and salvage plans, as well as testing how they would collaborate with emergency services in a real incident.
The exercise enabled each agency involved to review emergency plans and identify potential training needs.
Watch exclusive behind the scenes footage of the exercise.
Ifyou'd like to watch more behind the scenes footage from our exercises, you can view our behind the scenes video for Exercise Routemaster - an exercise held last year to test multi-agency responses to a road traffic collision scenario.