Joint Moorland Fire operational training in Lancashire

29th May 2012

BSAR attended a joint exercise to establish operational capability in the event of moorland fires on the fells of Lancashire. Massive turnout from a range of emergency services: Lancs and Cumbria Fire and Rescue with various ATVs and 4x4s, various Mountain Rescue Teams with 4x4s, United Utiliites and Council Countryside rangers with ATVs, Helicopter with specialist aerial fire bucket and ourselves.

We deployed both Hagglunds in their new DAF 28ft box trucks, our 18 tonne Volvo multi-rescue crane equipped truck (with our Kawasaki mule and fire fogging unit, and multiple 1000 litre IBC water containers) plus one Landrover and our Minibus! Our role was to transport multiple fire crew and water to the tops of the fells (and the ITV film crew). The fire crews could then deploy fire fogging and hoses from portable water dams which we refilled. The helicopter also deployed and refilled water drops from these dams. Lot of great lessons learned, and an appearance on Granada News, what a day!

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