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Firefighters get to the Point in Southampton

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) have in recent weeks been using Liberty Point, Southampton student accommodation for training days and to test their firefighting equipment.

Mickey Smither, Station Commander Redbridge and Wickham Fire Stations said; “During the month of May HFRS carried out four training days at Liberty Point, this training focussed on dealing with fires in high rise buildings and having this fantastic facility to train in allowed us to practice our procedures in realistic situations. At each of the training days we had ten fire engines plus support vehicles with up to 60 firefighters and officers having the opportunity to test their skills in dealing with the scenarios set for them.

On each day I set realistic scenarios for the crews to deal with including fires on one or more floors of the building and people that required to be rescued. The attending crews worked hard to implement the procedures necessary to tackle this type of incident and through their determination managed to achieve the objectives set for them. I am particularly pleased with the outcomes from this valuable training and the learning points this has raised will be fed back into all operational personnel within HFRS so that we can all learn from the experiences of those that attended each day.

We have already seen the benefit of this training when our crews were called to a fire at Liberty Quays only a few days after attending this training and it was evident that the recent training had enhanced their performance at that incident. This led to a swifter and safer attack on the fire leading to reduced damage for the building with one person being led to safety by the firefighters tackling the blaze.

I would like to thank Liberty Living for allowing us to use this building which has allowed us to take important steps towards being a better and more efficient fire service. I also express my personal thanks to Jan Mlodzianowski and his team for their hospitality and assistance throughout the time we were using their building.”

Photographs © Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service 2013