ONE of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s largest training exercises in more than a decade saw 80 firefighters from all over the county.
Sixteen fire engines arrived at SAICA Packaging UK on Winsford Industrial Estate on Sunday to a mock accident involving an overturned articulated tanker containing hydrochloric acid, which had crashed into the side of a building, causing a fire.
A 999 call to control operators alerted crews from Winsford, Northwich, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Crewe, Macclesfield, Malpas, Warrington, Knutsford and Poynton, who attended the incident on Road Three.
Crews were tested on aspects of firefighting and rescue operations during the event, which was treated as a real incident involving actors as casualties who suffered from a range of injuries.
Station Manager Neil Winstanley said: “It’s very important that firefighters are prepared for every eventuality, so this exercise allowed staff to polish their operational procedures.
“Without the help of Jim Sneddon, who is the environmental health and safety manager for SAICA Packaging, this operation would not have been the success it was, so I would like to thank him for his assistance.
“Staff spent months planning the operation along with Jim to ensure that the training scenario was executed without any problems.
“Also, the co-operation on the local businesses was exceptional in allowing such a large-scale exercise to take place on their site.”