Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fire Crews Shipshape for Blazes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fire Crews Shipshape for Blazes

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Byline: By Vince Gledhill

From tackling house blazes to burning ships, firefighters are taking to the seas.

Fire crews from Northumberland have become part of the UK Maritime Incident Response Group, set up by the Sea of Change project to tackle fires and other emergencies on board ships around Britain's coastline.

Northumberland is one of 15 fire and rescue services covering the country's coastline, who together make up the new integrated national service.

A group of 25 firefighters from the county's fire and rescue service have already undergone helicopter and winch training to prepare them for their new role. In emergencies at sea they will be flown out by helicopter and winched down to the deck of the vessel.

They have also just returned from Cornwall where they took part in a two-day course at the Royal Navy's shore-based training centre HMS Raleigh with training organisation Flagship Training.

At HMS Raleigh they were trained in smoke-filled simulators designed to mimic parts of a ship, to prepare for their role in dealing with fires, chemical release or industrial accidents on vessels or structures at sea. …

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