The West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service today held a special rescue training session at Crest Nicholson’s Bolnore Village development in Haywards Heath.
The two hour training session, which involved the Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill Fire Crews, the local ambulance service and The Red Cross, was aimed at developing and enhancing their current rescue capabilities and skills in the event of a major road traffic incident.
An area on Bolnore Road was selected as a venue because it was a realistic residential area that the crews weren’t familiar with, which helped them to re-enact and respond to a simulated real-life emergency situation more effectively.
The emergency scene featured four fire engines, three cars, a motor bike and a mini-van strewn on the road in a crash position, with the Red Cross staff lying on the road and inside vehicles acting as casualties.
Phil Pierpoint, Crew Manager, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: “These training sessions are absolutely crucial to the development of our crews, as it’s important that we are as ready as possible operationally to deal with any incident which we are called out to resolve.
“Thanks to Crest Nicholson, we were able to use Bolnore Road which was the perfect location as it features a wide variety of properties. Training sessions such as this are vital to us and the overall session was a great success.”
Christine Tiernan, Sales & Marketing Director for Crest Nicholson South, said: “We’re always happy to help organisations such as the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, as we recognise the important of their services to the local community. We’re pleased that we could be of assistance.”