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Press Release - Multi-agency exercise at Torquay Marina
Posted on 19/07/2017

Torbay fire crews have taken part in a multi-agency exercise to test its procedures for dealing with a boat fire on the water.

Torquay Marina hosted the event as part of its Sea Safety Day on Saturday 15 July.

The participants included fire crews from Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, the RNLI, Lifeboat, Coastguard, Devon & Cornwall Police and South Western Ambulance Service Trust HART team. Casualty Union volunteers played the injured and the vessel Liberty Lass was kindly supplied by owners Paignton Pleasure Cruises.

The scenario involved a fire breaking out on board a passenger ferry with 12 casualties on board. Two people were rescued from the water and two from the pontoon by the lifeboat crew.

A ‘walking wounded’ casualty was led to safety by firefighters and seven casualties were retrieved from the vessel through a combination of the emergency services involved.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus and hose reel jets to extinguish the ‘fire’ and the learning outcomes from the exercise will be tested with another exercise in September.

The exercise also highlighted to the watching public the potential hazards and risks on board a boat and what to do in the event of a fire.

More boat safety information is on our website here.

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