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Major fire drill at Wast Hill Tunnel

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service are conducting a training exercise simulating a fire on a boat in the Wast Hill canal tunnel near Kings Norton tomorrow (Friday 9th December).

The exercise will involve both Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service and neighbouring West Midlands Fire Service, since the 1.5 mile tunnel extends into both areas - with the southern end of the tunnel in Worcestershire and the northern end in the West Midlands.

Friday’s exercise, scheduled to start at 10am, will aim to test how the two fire and rescue services would work together to respond to a fire inside the tunnel, with particular emphasis on communications and tactical planning.

The exercise will be made as realistic as possible by using smoke generators placed on a barge midway along the tunnel. 

Fire and rescue appliances attending will include water rescue craft, plus a Command Support Unit and the Urban Search and Rescue team from H&WFRS.

Wast Hill tunnel north entrance

Thursday 8 December  | Andrew Denny  | 1.26pm, Thursday 8 December 2011

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