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Fire rescue teams are put to the test
9:14am Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
A FIVE-CAR crash was simulated at a York fire station to give crews a taste of dealing with real-life emergencies.
The mock-up accident was staged in the drill yard at Huntington fire station last night, with firefighters from York, Selby, Tadcaster and Malton all taking part in the exercise, complete with smoke generators for added realism.
The damaged vehicles were donated by York scrapyard Pigotts Autoparts and retained firefighters from Huntington took on the role of casualties. The exercise was organised by York fire station’s Blue Watch crew manager Stephen King and Ben Pavis, watch manager at Huntington.
Mr King said: “The idea was to demonstrate and practice our skills, allow us to train for the real thing and also share best practice methods with crews from other North Yorkshire stations. The crews from Tadcaster and Malton both have plenty of experience of accidents on the A64 so they bring different techniques to the exercise, and the timing also meant we could simulate an accident in darkness.”