Posted: Friday 9th June 2017
Officers from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and team members from the East of England Ambulance Service gathered at Longfield Training & Rescue Centre in Stevenage to take part in an exercise to test their incident response plans and ability to deal with road traffic collisions (RTC) involving heavy vehicles.
A large scale RTC was staged featuring several vehicles, including a single decker bus. Live casualties were played by students from North Herts College, complete with bloody makeup and ripped clothes.
Firefighters from Hertfordshire fire stations, including St Albans, Watford, Potters Bar and Hitchin were joined by ambulance crews in order to help prepare them for situations which require a multi-agency response. It also gave the St Albans Rescue Support Unit (RSU) the chance to practise responding to a road traffic collision featuring a large vehicle, which requires specialist training and equipment.
Billy McGill, Group Commander and Head of Training at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was there as the action unfolded. He said:
“This training exercise was designed to test our operational crews and specialist equipment in a scenario involving several vehicles, a bus and multiple casualties. It was also really useful to have our partners from the East of England ambulance service involved so they could put into practice some of their drills in collaboration with us.
“We’re very good at working with the other agencies in Hertfordshire, and we try to do that as often as we can. Most of the large scale exercises that we have here at Longfield training centre will involve all of our partners across the county. This exercise was a great way to test our response and we will continue to carry out this kind of testing to ensure we are prepared for any incident.”