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Motorway crash exercise tests fire service’s new car cutting equipment


Crews from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) in partnership with Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd took part in a specialist training exercise on the evening of 23rd August.

The training exercise took place at the Honda plant in South Marston just over the Wiltshire border. The exercise simulated a large scale motorway crash and allowed crews to test new equipment and strengthen joint working with other agencies.

Thanks to a donation of 14 pre-production cars from Honda, GFRS tested its new cutting equipment as part of the exercise. The scenario was designed to test the capabilities and skills of the fire crews and equipment that have recently benefitted from upgraded RTC equipment.

The training exercise involved nine fire engines, Gloucestershire Police and the British Red Cross. The Casualty Union provided over 20 role-players to act as the casualties acting out the most serious injuries. These were treated by up to 20 student paramedics overseen by South West Ambulance Trust.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for fire at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It has been a fantastic opportunity to work so closely with Honda to test out our new fire equipment and most importantly to work closely with our emergency response partners. With an increased focus on emergency safety it is only right that we invest in new equipment and I’m delighted to have all agencies on board.” 

Jason Smith, Director of Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd, said: “Honda is pleased to assist the emergency services with this activity. Our working partnership with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service enables them to practice their skills on the latest vehicles, ensuring they are in the best position to support our community.”

Photos credit - Antonio Olmos / Red Cross






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