Emergency exercise at Stowe School

Mon 16 Feb, 2015

Nearly 50 firefighters took part in a four-hour exercise at Stowe School yesterday (Sunday 15 February) which put emergency procedures to a thorough test.

The scenario was a fire affecting the basement and ground floor of Stowe House. Emergency vehicles used included fire engines, a water tanker, a turntable ladder and a mobile command unit.

It involved crews from Buckingham, Winslow, Bletchley, Great Holm, Aylesbury, Haddenham, Brill, Princes Risborough and Chesham, as well as a high-volume pump from Oxfordshire, representatives from Thames Valley Police and staff from Stowe.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service maintained fire cover throughout Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes by implementing standby moves to other stations for some of the crews who were not taking part, and by calling in On-Call crews, whose availability peaks at weekends.

Crew Commander Kieron Thomas, who organised the exercise, said: “Partnership working is at the forefront of modern-day emergency services, so the exercise was beneficial to all parties.

“Exercises of this type enable us to put our procedures to the test in challenging and realistic scenarios, and to make sure they are correct, precise and fit for purpose.

“We constantly modify and improve them to make sure they are robust and effective in the event of a real emergency.

“I would like to thank Stowe School for working with us, and everyone who took part. Also a big thank-you to Waitrose in Buckingham for making sure that all participants were well refreshed throughout!”