Fire crews from Newport and East Cowes participated in a training exercise earlier this week, with the scenario seeing them respond to an incident at Briddlesford Lodge Farm in Wootton, where a roleplaying motorcyclist had become impaled onto a tractor.
Around 15 Island firefighters were on the ‘scene’, working to stabilise the casualty and the vehicle. Firefighters are trained to respond to a wide array of different incidents, stretching beyond just fires.
The training allowed local firefighters to practice their skills on realistic agricultural heavy machinery, at the same time as using their Immediate Emergency Care medical skills to stem the bleeding, made from fake blood.
The crews cut the telehandler from the front of the tractor and successfully transferred the casualty to a board ready for transportation to hospital, as if it were a real incident.
The exercise was set up by Newport’s Watch Manager Matt Horne, who has said:
“Exercises like this are vital in developing and maintaining our skills and getting valuable experience.
“This kind of scenario gives you a level of realism you can’t recreate on the drill yard or classroom – they help us keep people safe.
“Thank you to the team at Briddlesford Farm for the use of their site and equipment.”
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