Kent firefighters take part in tower block drill to tackle fires in high rises
Around 25 staff and four appliances were involved in the drill which simulated a fire and required the rescue of people trapped on the sixth floor of a special tower at Dartford's North West Kent College.
The practice is part of ongoing training taking place across the county to ensure that Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) crews are experienced and fully prepared for dealing with incidents in buildings of several floors.
Crews from Dartford, Swanscombe and Horton Kirby were involved. Dartford Station Manager Brett Egan said: "Exercises like this are a great opportunity for our staff to practise in a real life environment and the public should be reassured that they train so extensively and to such a high standard.
Quentin Williamson, a spokesman for North West Kent College said: "The college exists to help with local training requirements so we have lent the fire brigade an accommodation block for several years now, so that firefighters can keep their skills up to date. Practical training often shows up weaknesses in procedures which could be fatal in a real emergency."
Brett adds: "It is also a good idea to close your internal doors too when you retire for the night and turn off all electrical items not designed to stay on for long periods. Keep your escape routes inside and outside your flat clear of obstacles at all times."
Follow these tips if a fire breaks out in your flat (your smoke alarm should alert you!):
If a fire breaks out elsewhere in the building:
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