Firefighters join forces with Peterborough business to recreate chemical spell

PUBLISHED: 17:20 14 January 2014 | UPDATED: 17:20 14 January 2014

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. Dozens of firefighters were involved in recreating a chemical spill at a Peterborough business as part of a partnership training exercise.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. Dozens of firefighters were involved in recreating a chemical spill at a Peterborough business as part of a partnership training exercise.

Archant

Dozens of firefighters were involved in recreating a chemical spill as part of a training exercise.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. Dozens of firefighters were involved in recreating a chemical spill at a Peterborough business as part of a partnership training exercise.Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. Dozens of firefighters were involved in recreating a chemical spill at a Peterborough business as part of a partnership training exercise.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) officers planned the training drill with managers at GE Power and Water, in Orton Southgate, to give firefighters and staff the opportunity to test their emergency procedures during a chemical incident.

Crews from Stanground, Dogsthorpe, Yaxley and a team of firefighters from St Neots specially trained to deal with hazardous materials took part in the exercise along with CFRS officers and staff from GE.

Clad in bright green gas-tight suits and breathing apparatus, teams of firefighters went into the building to rescue casualties, while other crews practised skills including full decontamination, water-sourcing exercises, radio messaging and incident command.

Watch Commander Giles Grainger, from Stanground black watch, said: “Chemical exercises are by far some of the hardest to recreate in a training environment and having a location like GE meant the firefighters could experience the atmosphere of a real incident. “Although there were no real flames or harmful chemicals spilt, firefighters still benefited hugely from being able to use an unfamiliar site.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. Dozens of firefighters were involved in recreating a chemical spill at a Peterborough business as part of a partnership training exercise.Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. Dozens of firefighters were involved in recreating a chemical spill at a Peterborough business as part of a partnership training exercise.

“The exercise went extremely well and we would like to thank GE for having us.”

John Wilson, from GE, said: “Exercises like the chemical response drill allow us to practice our emergency response plans and make improvements based on real experiences.

“It is also beneficial for us to know that in the event of a real emergency the fire service is familiar with our site and processes.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

More news stories

Yesterday, 14:08

It could be years down the line before improvements are made to rail stations at Manea and Whittlesey.

Yesterday, 14:09

Cambridgeshire police used guns as part of an arrest six times over a three month period earlier this year, police statistics have revealed.

Yesterday, 10:03

A 50-year-old Wisbech man arrested in connection with a fatal road traffic collision in Mendlesham has been charged.

Yesterday, 08:02

A man who has been a member of the March Lions for 41 years has been awarded the organisation’s highest award.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter