Simulated road accident victims 'impaled' by metal poles in emergency services training exercise
3:32pm Monday 9th December 2013 in Bolton
A ROAD accident which left casualties impaled on metal poles proved a challenging but worthwhile training opportunity for neighbouring fire and rescue services.
Crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) teamed up with Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) for the training exercise.
Horwich and Chorley firefighters were faced with a simulated road accident in the grounds of Horwich Fire Station, which involved a number of serious injuries and casualties.
Watch manager Craig Lunt, from Horwich Fire Station, said: “Three volunteers acted as casualties and had props made that simulated metal bars impaling the front two passengers.
“We also simulated a metal bar piercing through the windscreen and the driver then through to the seat, and to make things even more difficult I had a casualty in the rear of the car.”
Firefighters had to work carefully to carry out hydraulic cutting of the car and remove the injured people, whilst mountain rescue team members treated the injured.
The serious nature of the injuries meant a delicate operation was needed, along with close working between all parties involved.
Mr Lunt added: “I arranged the training because in the past few weeks we’ve been sent to Lancashire’s area to assist with incidents on a number of occasions.
“They have different equipment and procedures to us so it’s important to understand how the different services work, and realistic training opportunities like this – which also involve mountain rescue volunteers – are a great way to do that.”
Firefighters rescue more people from cars than from fires and the service’s Road Safety Strategy targets new and young drivers who are statistically more at risk of being involved in a road traffic collision in their first year after passing their test.
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