Since 2018 Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service have been using our facilities to train their crews in heavy vehicle emergency rescue.
This training, using real heavy vehicles, with crash damage creates a ‘live’ scenario which the brigade will encounter out on our roads.
Jason Fox, Watch Commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service says:
“The provision of lorry cabs and the use of BG commercials premises has enabled firefighters the rare opportunity to undertake realistic heavy rescue extrication training. Firefighters learn about the hazards associated with heavy goods vehicles, then utilising the lorry’s provided demonstrate various rescue techniques with our hydraulic cutting and spreading equipment. Techniques such as removing the truck doors, cutting away parts of the vehicle to enable the dashboard to be pushed away from an entrapped person, and carrying out a technique we call the quarter cab removal. This involves cutting away the back and side section of the lorry to create enough space to allow for full immobilisation and extrication of a casualty, whilst secured to a long board.
The kind support of James Harris and his team has proved invaluable to rescue crews, which will help to save lives within the commercial vehicle sector.
This generosity and co-operation is greatly appreciated by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service“