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Multi-agency exercise in Boreham

More than 40 firefighters have taken part in an exercise that simulated an explosion at a processing plant in Boreham.

Crews from Colchester, Chelmsford, Great Baddow, Basildon, Brentwood and the Urban Search and Rescue team took part in the exercise at Hanson Aggregates, in Generals Lane, on Saturday, March 5.

‘Exercise Rubble’ was set up to test firefighter’s search and rescue skills while giving them the opportunity to train in a scenario where there is very little water available.

The multi-agency simulation, which involved eight casualties, also helped firefighters train with Brentwood’s new Heavy Rescue Pump.

The mock rescue involved searching for people in three areas, two large buildings and one collapsed tunnel connected to a sewer pipe.

Crews were assisted by special constables, HART paramedics and St John’s Ambulance personnel.

Assistant Divisional Officer Kevin Haywood said: “The exercise demonstrated the increased level of shared working between ECFRS firefighters and partner organisations.

“I was very impressed with how engaged everyone was on the day. The scenario was very complicated and in an environment our crews don’t usually get the opportunity to train in.

“Crews carried out the rescues quickly and professionally and the exercise was a huge success. I would like to thank everyone involved on the day, especially the exercise organisers, Sub Officer Stuart Hay and Regional Emergency Planning Officer, Jack Bayford.

“I would also like to thank Hanson Aggregates for allowing us to use their site.”

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