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Fire service hold training with Defence School of Transport students

23 June 2014

Fire and rescue teams from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) are required to take part in regular road traffic collision and immediate emergency care training to enable them to effectively respond to incidents of this nature.

Over the last few months, teams from HFRS have held the training at the Defence School of Transport (DST) in Leconfield, East Yorkshire.

Fire service hold training with Defence School of Transport students

Liam Plunkett, Operational Support Manager at HFRS, said: “The DST is an ideal location for us as, in addition to classrooms, lecture theatres and demonstration areas, there are 16 km of road training circuits which include roundabouts, junctions, a manoeuvring area and a purpose-built hill. This creates a realistic environment for crews to train for road traffic collision incidents.”

At any one time the DST can train up to 1,500 personnel, making it probably the largest residential driver training school in the world. The students who are undertaking driver training at DST have also volunteered to take part in the training carried out by HFRS by playing casualties in the evacuation exercises.

“The students are playing the role of casualties, they are great to work with as it has enabled our crews to perform rescues and first aid as they would in a real emergency scenario,” Liam added.

Colonel Rob Peacock, Commandant at the Defence School of Transport said: “We are delighted to work with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to not only enhance the training value for their rescue teams, but also as a way to show two uniformed services working together for the greater benefit of the community we serve and live in.”