Crews evacuate nightclub in Sidmouth exercise
PUBLISHED: 17:31 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:31 29 November 2017
Father Christmas was among the dummy casualties rescued from Sidmouth’s nightclub at a five-crew fire exercise this week.
Firefighters put on their breathing apparatus to enter a smoke-logged Carinas, deactivate the electricity and gas supplies and made the scene safe. Three scouts also volunteered to be live casualties for the joint exercise between crews from Ottery, Colyton, Honiton, Exmouth and Sidmouth.
Crew manager Sally Neal, who organised it with Adam Howitt, said: “It went very well. Carinas was completely smoke-logged – we couldn’t see anything. Santa was down in the basement. After we got everyone out we turned on the high-pressure fan to clear the smoke.
“We’re quite lucky in Sidmouth, we know quite a lot of premises we can smoke-log. Having Carinas let us invite the other crews over.”
Sally thanked Carinas manager Mandy Patch, who did an ‘excellent’ job preparing the site, and the occupants of the flats above for their patience during the exercise, which lasted two and a half hours on Monday evening.