Exercise Straight Six

18/06/2021

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service continued its programme of training exercises with Trent Bridge Cricket Ground being the latest site to host an exercise.

In the exercise, crews were mobilised to a fire located in the cellar of the Radcliffe Road Stand. Three fire appliances attended from Carlton, West Bridgford and Bingham fire stations.

The purpose of the exercise was to test breathing apparatus (BA) procedures and emergency plans at Trent Bridge.

A smoke machine was used to simulate a fire, with crews rescuing three dummy casualties from the building and giving them first aid on site.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were supported by Nottinghamshire Police who had an opportunity to practice crowd evacuation alongside staff from Trent Bridge.

Watch Manager Martin Hickling, Exercise Director, said: “As a world-renowned sporting arena with a capacity of 17,500 people, we welcome any opportunity to train and be prepared for any real emergency at Trent Bridge.

“In an emergency every second counts so having this opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the building and crowd control procedures is crucial.

“We would also like to thank Nottinghamshire Police and staff at Trent Bridge for their full support in today’s training.”

Inspector Craig Berry of Nottinghamshire Police supported the exercise and said: "Training exercises such as this are excellent opportunities to put our skills, reactions and our teamwork to the test.
  
“If such an incident were to happen, our ability to work together could be a matter of life and death and so it’s vital we take these opportunities to come together wherever we can.

“Partnership work is essential to making sure our county continues to be safe, particularly for neighbourhood policing, so it was fantastic to support this exercise and for officers to have the opportunity to run through these processes and get this invaluable experience.”

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