Aerial ladder platform at Pleasley Vale Business Park

NFRS exercise with partners tested high-rise evacuations


Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's training exercise at Pleasley Vale Business Park on Sunday 26 September was a great success.

The exercise, involving Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottinghamshire County Council and Bolsover District Council tested the Service's new evacuation procedures which have been updated following the Grenfell Tower disaster.  These procedures will make sure NFRS can more effectively serve people living in high-rise buildings.

The exercise in the six-storey former textile mill on Outgang Lane involved 15 fire engines, six fire officers, numerous firefighters and around 40 volunteers acting as live casualties.  NFRS is now evaluating the exercise and will share what it has learnt with all the partner organisations.

The Service had already introduced smoke hoods and smoke curtains, which are particularly useful for evacuating residents of high-rise buildings.  Smoke hoods were used for the first time in Nottinghamshire to rescue a Radford woman from a fire in June.

Chris Emmott, Group Manager - Risk and Assurance, said: "This was a really worthwhile exercise.  It went very well but the whole point of such exercises is that we find out what doesn't work as well and how we can improve.  We are now busy putting all that information together and sharing it so that, if we need to evacuate large numbers of people from high-rise buildings in any future incident, we will be better prepared."  

Chris explains more about the exercise in this short video.

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