HART scales new heights at exercise in Cambs

HART exercise Cambridge July 14

The Trust’s hazardous area response team (HART) joined firefighters from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service last week for an exercise which simulated a collision between two tower cranes in Cambridge.

The scenario was held at a Morgan Sindall site off Charles Babbage Road, where the new chemical engineering and biotechnology building is being built for the University of Cambridge.

Crews had to utilise their working at height procedures, rescue expertise and command and control skills to safely and effectively rescue the crane operator and other maintenance workers on the tower crane.

Paramedics treated the simulated casualties for head and neck injuries wearing all their safety equipment including harnesses while seven floors above ground. In an exercise that lasted around three hours, they then helped fire crews to safely move them down to the floor. 

A HART Training Manager, said: “We were working from height alongside fire crews to treat and safely move the simulated casualties that were included. We try to make these exercises as real as possible, it went really well and the challenges we faced really made us think.”

Published 31st July 2014 

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