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School chemical exercise success

An exercise has helped test Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s response to a chemical leak at a school in Tiptree.

‘Exercise Blue Lagoon’ at Tiptree Heath School, in Maldon Road, allowed firefighters to test gas tight suits from Braintree’s new Hazmat unit, which attend incidents involving hazardous materials.

Firefighters from Braintree, Brightlingsea, Maldon and Tiptree fire stations took part in the simulation, which involved setting up a decontamination zone at the site following a chlorine leak in the school’s swimming pool.

The Service has two Hazmat units that each carries 12 gas tights suits, which give an enhanced level of security and protect against harmful vapours and liquids.

Assistant Divisional Officer Danny Partridge said: “The exercise tested our initial response to a complex incident and allowed crews to put into practice a special tactical plan to deal with a chemical leak at a school.

“The simulation was a success, allowing our crews to train with our Hazmat unit and gas tight suits.

 “I would like to thank all our firefighters for showing so much enthusiasm and dedication during this exercise and Sub Officer Malcolm Over, who organised such a superb scenario.

“I would also like to thank the pupils and teachers of Tiptree Heath School who volunteered to be mock casualties throughout the exercise.”

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