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Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue LogoAn exercise is being organised by the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to simulate a multi-agency response to a serious incident.

The exercise will take place at the railway bridge located along Rowlands Lane, Havenstreet between 19:00 and 21:00 tonight (Wednesday).

Rowlands Lane will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians between Stroud Wood Road and the Downs Road between 18:00 and 21:00. Residents living within the road closure area have been provided with information and spoken to by fire service staff, where possible.

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The exercise will involve representatives from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service, Island Roads and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.

To make the exercise as realistic as possible for those taking part, it is not possible to provide details of the simulated incident in advance, it will however involve a number of casualties. Theatrical make-up students from the Isle of Wight College will be making up actors with realistic injuries.

davecurryfireofficerfeaturedDave Curry, Chief Fire Officer of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“Multi-agency exercises help us to better understand each other’s areas of expertise and ways of working so that we can improve how we jointly deal with an emergency. Although major incidents are thankfully rare on the Island, exercises such as this play an important part in the ongoing training crews undertake to help them prepare for different scenarios.”

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