Emergency response training exercise held at Northamptonshire football stadium

Police officers, firefighters and paramedics dealt with a staged fire involving 50 casualties as part of an emergency response exercise at Nene Park Stadium.

Monday, 25th April 2016, 6:25 am
Updated Monday, 25th April 2016, 10:39 am
Fire crews, police officers and ambulance personnel attend a scenario created for a training exercise at Nene Park

As part of a training operation to test the emergency services response to a major incident, a training scenario was created at the football stadium on Saturday morning.

A smoke machine was used to simulate the fire, and police cadets were used as the ‘casualties’ of the blaze.

Ricky Deal, Rushden Fire Station manager, said he was very pleased with the training exercise, which included a staged rescue of two firefighters trapped inside the building.

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Fire crews, police officers and ambulance personnel attend a scenario created for a training exercise at Nene Park

He said: “Everyone worked together really well and it was a good opportunity for the firefighters to test our new breathing apparatus.

“We can learn a lot in a classroom but there is nothing better than actually having people manage an incident on the ground.”

The large-scale training exercise was one of 10 organised in Northamptonshire every year.

Fire crews, police officers and ambulance personnel attend a scenario created for a training exercise at Nene Park
Fire crews, police officers and ambulance personnel attend a scenario created for a training exercise at Nene Park
Fire crews, police officers and ambulance personnel attend a scenario created for a training exercise at Nene Park
Fire crews, police officers and ambulance personnel attend a scenario created for a training exercise at Nene Park
Fire crews, police officers and ambulance personnel attend a scenario created for a training exercise at Nene Park