Eastleigh Fire station will feature in a three-day training exercise which started today (May 14). Eight locations across Hampshire – including the HFRS station in Eastleigh – will be used to simulate a major disaster in which 2,000 people and 40 organisations will take part.
Storm surges, severe flooding, mudslides and collapsing buildings will be among the challenges rescue crews will face and the realistic training exercise will feature crumpled cars, damaged buildings and numerous casualties with varying degrees of injuries at several different locations..
The fictitious island of Mas will be visited by the Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt who is also Portsmouth North MP and Women and Equalities Minister.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Urban Search and Rescue Volunteer and organiser Phil Crook said:
“Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is among the best services in the country and our crews are regularly called upon to help in the aftermath of international disasters.
“Exercises like this are vital in developing and maintaining skills and getting valuable experience working alongside partners.
“These scenarios create a sense of realism you just can’t get on the drill yard or classroom and enable us to save more lives when disasters strike.”