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Press Release - Fire crews to exercise road traffic collision scenario
Posted on 01/09/2017

Fire crews will be carrying out a road traffic collision exercise in Yeovil on the evening of Tuesday 5 September.

The exercise will be held in Bunford Lane to provide a realistic and challenging RTC scenario for responding crews, involving multiple vehicles, trapped casualties and walking wounded.

Fire appliances will be attending from Yeovil, Ilminster, Chard and Wincanton and they will be joined by a Command Unit from Street. Participants from other emergency services are also expected to attend, including a crew from Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Casualty Union volunteers will be the ‘injured’ people involved, some of which may need to be extricated from the vehicles involved.

Exercise organiser Watch Manager Ian Balfour, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Unfortunately our crews do have to attend road traffic collisions on a regular basis and often have to take action quickly and professionally to rescue people from their vehicles.

“This exercise will enable us to practice our techniques in a safe environment and it’s always useful to learn more about how we work in certain situations.”

Elements of the crews’ response which will be tested include:

• our ability to work effectively alongside other agencies
• the implementation of incident command
• the ability of crews to obtain relevant vehicle information from Service systems
• the ability to identify and brief crews on any hazards contained within vehicles.


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