A disused Scarborough nightclub became the scene of a major emergency incident – but thankfully just for the purposes of a training exercise.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue joined forces with other emergency services for the event at Mansion in Aberdeen Walk.
The service regularly undertakes realistic training exercises, which are designed to simulate operational incidents of varying complexity and assure the high standards in emergency response are maintained and improved.
This exercise was based around the activation of a device containing an unknown, potentially hazardous substance within the nightclub.
There were a number of “live casualties” that needed both rescuing and decontaminating following the blast.
Firefighters from across North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service took part in the exercise.
It was also attended by partner agencies, including the Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), and was supported by Scarborough Council and North Yorkshire Police.
Representatives from the Town Hall, The Scarborough News, Scarborough Army Cadets, the Casualties Union and members of the Scarborough and District Mountain Rescue Team also gave up their free time to play the part of the casualties.
Station manager for Scarborough, Andy Blades, said: “It’s been a success in terms of being able to create a realistic incident, which has then tasked an awful lot of people with some very difficult decisions to make with regards to how they’re going to resolve this incident. We’ve learned a lot from it as a fire and rescue service and it’s been good from all the other agencies’ point of view.”
“We’re very pleased with how it’s gone and we hope to repeat this success in the near future at other similar events in the Scarborough district.”
Watch a video of the exercise online at www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk