Portsmouth firefighters complete crucial training on board ferry

Firefighters from Cosham and Southsea took part in the exercise
Firefighters from Cosham and Southsea took part in the exercise
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FIREFIGHTERS trained on board a Brittany Ferries vessel in an exercise to rescue a trapped crew member.

Crew members from Southsea and Cosham stations, pictured, were given the scenario of a casualty trapped in the vessel’s hydraulic machinery room where a hydraulic leak had caused a problem.

The casualty was found face down on the floor of the machinery room and was in need of urgent medical attention.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used a rope pack rescue kit to lift the crew member to safety in the exercise.

The casualty was handed to the care of the Brittany Ferries medical team.

Southsea’s station manager Mark Larrimore said: ‘This has been a really valuable training exercise.

‘Should our attendance ever be needed on a Brittany Ferries vessel we now have experience of working with both Brittany Ferries and Portsmouth International Port staff so that we can keep crew members and members of the public on board as safe as possible.’

Crews worked alongside Brittany Ferries and Portsmouth International Port staff who helped organise and facilitate the training exercise.

Graham Boyes, operations manager for Brittany Ferries in Portsmouth said: ‘The safety of our passengers and crew is our primary concern.

‘Exercises like this provide us with an invaluable opportunity to practise our response with other agencies in a realistic environment.

‘We can then examine what worked well and what difficulties we faced so we can use it to further improve our rigorous training programmes and incident response plans.’

Martin Putman is port manager for Portsmouth International Port.

He said: ‘The safety of passengers, staff and ship’s crew is always our highest priority.

‘This was a valuable exercise for the entire team at Portsmouth International Port, demonstrating the benefits of strong partnerships forged with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Brittany Ferries and the other agencies involved.’