NFRS crews face challenging conditions in cave training exercise

16/05/2018

​Firefighters from London Road, Stockhill, Stapleford, Carlton and West Bridgford took part in a training exercise this morning (Wednesday 16 May) inside Rouse's Sand Mine, a network of caves situated just off Peel Street in Nottingham.

The scenario faced by firefighters was a fire within the caves, with casualties reported. The aim of the exercise was to test breathing apparatus procedures in an unusual environment.

Jack Makepeace, Crew Manager at London Road Fire Station, who helped organise the exercise, said: "This was a particularly challenging exercise.

"Not only did the crews have to contend with small spaces and total darkness, they also had to carry casualties up several flights of narrow stairs up to the surface.

"There were many learning points that have been taken on board, ensuring that we can be as prepared as possible should an incident like this occur in the future."

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