London Fire Brigade

Brigade stages tunnel rescue for training exercise

23 May 2014

Fire crews from London Fire Brigade will stage the rescue of a collapsed construction worker from a tunnel as part of an emergency service training exercise next week.

Six fire engines, including three specialist fire and rescue units and 30 firefighters and officers will take part in the exercise which will run from 11am on May 30 on Gate Road in Park Royal, Brent, NW10.

Crews will respond to reports of a worker collapsed in a tunnel still under construction after being exposed to a potentially harmful gas.

Watch Manager Alan Allmark from Park Royal Fire Station is in charge of the exercise, he said:

“The London Fire Brigade regularly undertakes practical training sessions with our colleagues from other emergency services to ensure our firefighters are well-equipped to respond to the wide range of emergencies we are called to across the capital.

“This exercise has been developed to challenge our crews and to give them practical experience in tunnel rescues – including working effectively in confined spaces and in potentially hazardous conditions.

“Working with officers from the London Ambulance Service and London’s air ambulance gives our crews the opportunity to test and perfect the coordination of their emergency response with other agencies.”

As part of the exercise, crews wearing breathing apparatus will enter the tunnel with rescue equipment through a 40 metre access shaft to locate the trapped worker.

With the assistance of the London Ambulance Service, the ‘casualty’ will then be treated and brought to safety using highly skilled line rescue techniques.

ENDS

Notes to editors

Fire stations taking part in the exercise are: Heston, Northolt, Park Royal, Heston, Paddington and Wembley.

The exercise will take place between 11am-12.30pm on 30th May.