West Sussex firefighters practice life-saving skills during live training exercise


Release date: 25 January 2024

Firefighters have completed a training exercise at Goodwood Motor Circuit to test their procedures in the event of a serious aircraft incident.

The mock incident, which took place on Thursday 18 January, saw crews respond to a simulated collision involving a small aircraft and two vehicles, with a small fire starting in the aircraft’s engine.

Crews from Chichester and Bognor attended the incident along with the heavy rescue tender from Chichester.

Anton Mezzone, Station Manager at Chichester Fire Station, said: “We are delighted to have been able to use Goodwood Motor Circuit for our training exercise. Goodwood is an iconic attraction within our county which sees thousands of aeroplanes and cars pass through its Aerodrome and Motor Circuit every year. We are very grateful to the team at Goodwood for allowing us to use their facilities and train for serious aircraft incidents.

“During this exercise we practiced several complex rescues which included releasing six people from the vehicles and aircraft. Saving lives is always our number one priority at incidents, and it was great to test our preparedness in this environment.

“We regularly carry out training drills at fire stations, our training centre, and in the community to ensure that our crews are prepared for all fire and rescue scenarios they may deal with when on duty.”

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