Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighters thank campsite after training exercise

Crews from Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood and Corringham Fire Stations want to thank campsite management and staff after they took part in an exercise at Thriftwood Scout Campsite in Brentwood to test their response to a fire at the site alongside Essex Police.

On Monday morning (5 October) the crews made their way to the camp site to test their capabilities to a fire where young people were trapped.

Crews were quick to react to a fast paced exercise that saw them initially called to an automatic fire alarm which was caused by a deliberate fire to learning that young people were trapped in two of the buildings.

Firefighters tested their response while using Breathing Apparatus to search the buildings for casualties and were able to bring the casualties to safety.

Due to the rural location of the campsite, access to water was challenging and this gave firefighters the opportunity to test the capability of a new off road vehicle. Firefighters acted quickly to source water from a fishing lake.

Crew Manager Dave Garratt from Basildon Fire Station said: “We’d like to thank the team at Thiftwood Scout Campsite for being so accommodating. Testing our capabilities in almost lifelike scenarios helps us to understand where we can improve to ensure we can better protect life and property in an emergency.

“This was a great opportunity for multiple agencies to work together, allowing us to improve our joint working and understand each other’s processes and policies better.

“We hope that this exercise helped the campsite to test their own response to an incident, they were fantastic in how they gave us the relevant information to help us save the casualties and minimise damage to the property.”

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