Fire training exercise held at QA Hospital

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A FIRE training exercise is to take place at Queen Alexandra Hospital today

The exercise is to test emergency response times and will involve a mock fire in one of the wards at the Cosham hospital.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue will attend the hospital with up to seven appliances and water hoses and QA staff will be shown how they should respond.

Glen Hewlett, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s director of development and estates and responsible for emergency planning, said: ‘This exercise is very important to test how we respond in an emergency of this kind and to ensure that the fire service is familiar with our hospital.

‘I would like to reassure members of the public that this is just an exercise and will not disrupt the running of the hospital.’

Cosham fire station manager Dave Smith said: ‘Taking part in exercises like this provides us with valuable additional experience and increases our knowledge of the hospital.

‘This is particularly important in view of the recent changes to the building and it enables us to test fire procedures.’

The exercise was due to take place from 9am to 1pm.