Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service undertakes high rise exercise!

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) carried out an operational exercise yesterday in Lillington in order to assess the effectiveness of the newly reviewed high rise safety procedure, as well as analyse the resources, equipment and individual role requirements.

Training of this nature is a key part of keeping Warwickshire’s communities safe by ensuring WFRS can effectively respond to incidents involving high rise buildings. The exercise, which took place at Ashton Court, early yesterday morning and involved a fire located on the upper floor of the building. Crews then set up a bridgehead, a safe position within the building, from which to carry out firefighting operations.

As well as the new high rise procedures the exercise also tested:

  • The fixed installations of the building;
  • Command and control in the context of a high rise scenario;
  • Logistics of equipment management;
  • Sectorisation and search procedures;
  • Fire survival guidance;
  • Liaison between search coordinator and control;
  • Use of and evaluation of search coordination boards.

Appliances attended from Leamington, Kenilworth, Southam, Stratford, Nuneaton and Atherstone stations, with the exercise taking place between 10 am and 11.30 am. Crews received full briefings both prior to and after the training. The exercise was carried out with the help of Warwick District Council who provided crews with access to the building.

Cllr Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety said:

“Given recent high profile incidents involving high rise buildings, it is essential we ensure that our firefighters are able to deal effectively with incidents of this nature here in Warwickshire.

“As well as testing the new guidance, training exercises such as these are important for ensuring that fire crews have the correct resources and equipment in order to carry out operations effectively. They play a vital role in helping to keep Warwickshire communities safer.”

Councillor Peter Phillips, Portfolio Holder for Housing Services, commented:

“We are committed to working with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure the safety of our tenants and leaseholders in all of our high rise blocks. Along with of our comprehensive programme of fire safety works, exercises such as this demonstrate the importance of preparedness, ensuring we have the best safety procedures in place.”

Click here to watch a video of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue carrying out the training.