Ten firefighters from Bognor Regis and East Wittering have successfully completed a four-day training course using West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s new High Volume Pump (HVP) system.
Once operational the HVP will be available to support a range of incidents. The HVP carries 3km of hose and is capable of pumping 7,000 litres of water per minute. The system can be used to pump water away from a flood situation, or pump water in to support fire engines at a fire incident.
With an HVP fully integrated into the WSFRS fleet, the service will be deemed a national asset by the national HVP Capability Team.
The course, which concluded yesterday (Sunday 29), involved station-based training at Bognor fire station and incident training staged at Mewsbrook Park in Littlehampton. The course culminated in a training exercise at Fawley Power Station in Southampton, in which crews demonstrated the skills and techniques they have learned. The final day’s exercises were carried out alongside crews from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service who attended as part of their maintenance of competency.
This latest stage of training brings to a close over six months of instruction for the WSFRS team on proper use and maintenance of both the HVP system and the hook-lift trucks used to carry the equipment.
Crew Commander Russ Moore, HVP service delivery lead, commented: “We’re delighted to have completed this training, making us that much closer to getting our HVP operational. The team effort throughout the four-day course was superb and they followed it with an exemplary performance at the end-of-course exercise. We’re looking forward to having our HVP ready and available to assist residents of West Sussex and beyond when needed.”
The HVP assets are supported by West Sussex County Council as part of their on-going investment in flood prevention and response capabilities.