Crews use Gosport Town Hall for search training

LEADER Ian Lycett

LEADER Ian Lycett

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WHEN people see firefighter crews rushing into Gosport Town Hall on Tuesday they should not be alarmed.

More than 15 Hampshire Fire and Rescue vehicles will be parked outside the building as crews take part in an emergency exercise.

It starts at 7pm and finishes at 9pm.

Crews from Portsmouth, Portchester, Fareham, Gosport and headquarters in Eastleigh will all be involved.

Ian Lycett is the chief executive of Gosport Borough Council.

He said: ‘It is important for the fire and rescue services to be able to train in larger buildings which have stairs and numerous rooms off of corridors in order to hone their search and rescue skills.

‘And Gosport town hall fits the bill perfectly.

‘Anyone who has walked around the town hall will know how easy it is to get lost in its maze of corridors and fire exit staircases.

‘We rely on the support of the fire service when our in-house fire wardens are put through their paces for emergency evacuation training.

‘So we are more than happy to provide our building for their emergency exercise.

‘However, we wanted to let everyone know what was taking place in order to allay any fears or concerns for those living nearby.’

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