Clee Hill water supply exercise

26th July, 2012

On the evening on Wednesday 18th July crews and appliances from Craven Arms, Clun and Bridgnorth took part in a water supply exercise at Clee Hill quarry organized by the Group Support Teams.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has now worked in partnership with Hanson Aggregates, who manage and run the quarry, on two separate occasions to facilitate a water supply exercise at the location.

The crews were ‘mobilised’ to a scenario of a fire within a bitumen plant which requires large quantities of water to cool and extinguish.

First in attendance were the crew from Craven Arms who quickly established an improved monitor. Water was then supplied from the water carrier and dam which is carried on the vehicle to maintain water until the Heavy Pumping Unit was established by crews from Clun.

The main objectives of the exercise were to demonstrate the implementation of effective water supplies using water carrier and pumping units and to provide sufficient water to allow for an effective sustained firefighting attack.

After some very inclement weather during the day, the evening was a success with the weather breaking and a constant supply being maintained for the duration of the exercise.

Well done to all those who took part on the evening.

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