Major Rescue Exercise at Walton le Dale

Major Rescue Exercise at Walton le Dale

Staff at KMI’s Walton le Dale project recently welcomed the Lancashire Fire and Rescue service to site to conduct a rescue training exercise. The rescue scenario involved the recovery of an injured person and a member of the emergency services from a ten metre segment shaft.

Over thirty emergency service crew members attended site including Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), North West Ambulance Service and Green Watch Fire Service from surrounding areas including Bamber Bridge, Leyland and Manchester. Following a site induction the exercise commenced with the first watch responding to the scene to fully assess the incident which was a scenario based on a trespasser gaining access to the shaft and falling resulting in serious injuries and unconsciousness.

The exercise included members from USAR and paramedics wearing full breathing apparatus accessing the shaft via ropes and abseiling equipment. The initial rescue exercise included a member of USAR team becoming unconscious whilst suspended on ropes which initiated a second rescue retrieval exercise. The injured persons were carefully rescued  from the shaft in an exceptionally controlled and organised way using stretchers and ropes. The USAR team raised them to safety where paramedics then fulfilled their role in the exercise.

The exercise was treated as an overall success with the incident commander of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service offering his gratitude. He commended the KMI staff at Walton Le Dale for their proactive attitude towards providing site facilities for the training exercise and regular liaison meetings over recent months.

Dave McAuley oversaw the operation for KMI and commented, “It is always reassuring to know that we have such a professional service available in the event of an emergency but we should never take it for granted. We at KMI need to ensure that we thoroughly plan and implement our own emergency procedures for work activities prior to work commencing and not to solely rely on the emergency services.

“Let’s make it our objective at KMI to ensure that our sites are a safe and secure environment for all, where hopefully future visits from the emergency services will remain for the purpose of  training exercises only."

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