Monday, 23 October 2017

Emergency services rehearse dealing with boat blaze

FIREFIGHTERS pretended to rescue passengers on a pleasure boat on the Thames during an exercise.

FIREFIGHTERS pretended to rescue passengers on a pleasure boat on the Thames during an exercise.

Crews from Oxfordshire and Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services and Thames Valley Police officers tested their emergency procedures on the river at Shiplake on Wednesday last week.

Exercise Poseidon simulated a fire on a cruiser, which left 50 passengers stranded on board and a man overboard.

Councillor Louise Chapman, cabinet member for policy co-ordination at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “This is designed to put the combined skills, resources and equipment of all the emergency responders to the test and ensure that we are fully prepared for such incidents in real life.”

Marcus Reay, station manager for Henley and Goring, said: “All those taking part in the exercise worked tirelessly in very warm conditions, which added to the realism.”

The boat, called Southern Comfort, was provided by Thames Executive Charters, of East Sussex.

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