Firefighters prepare for drill involving Worthing Pier


Release date: 10 June 2021

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will be carrying out a training exercise on Worthing Pier tonight (Thursday 10 June).

Members of the public should not be alarmed if they see a large number of emergency service personnel in the vicinity of the pier area. Fire crews from Worthing, Littlehampton, East Preston, Lancing, Steyning and Storrington will be taking part in the simulated incident, in which they will be testing their response to a fire involving the pier.

The fire service will also be joined by colleagues from HM Coastguard and the Coastal Wardens from Adur & Worthing Councils.

The exercise is expected to get underway at 8pm and last for no longer than two hours.

Stephen Burns, Worthing Green Watch Manager, is overseeing the drill. He said: “We are extremely grateful to Alex Hole at Perch on the Pier for allowing us the opportunity to put our training into practice during this drill this evening. This scenario will test our crews’ response to a fire involving a complex structure and allow them to put their training into action.”

You can follow progress of the incident this evening on WSFRS’s twitter page here:

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