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Major exercise in Wethersfield

A major exercise tested firefighters' response to a four vehicle road traffic collision in Wethersfield.

Firefighters from Sible Heddingham, Thaxted and Wethersfield fire stations were given the opportunity to train with Rayleigh Weir’s new Heavy Rescue Pump last night (Thursday, March 10).

The simulation, at the Service’s Wethersfield training centre, involved a crash between two cars, a van and a heavy goods vehicle with four people – including a heavily pregnant woman – trapped.

More than 30 firefighters were involved in the exercise and crews used three sets of cutting equipment and rescue equipment to release the casualties.

The exercise was organised by Sub Officer Darren Hockley and Sub Officer Stuart Twigg.

Sub O Hockley said: “The exercise gave on-call firefighters the opportunity to train with one of the Service’s new Heavy Rescue Pumps in a road traffic collision scenario.

“The simulation has helped our firefighters to further learn and develop. It also allowed us to test our communications techniques.

“We tried making the exercise as real as possible. It was cold and dark with little lighting. I’d like to thank all the firefighters who took part.”

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