Water pumping exercise to take place at Docks

Crews will be out in number at Gloucester Docks for a large-scale exercise testing their ability to fight fires during a water shortage

The Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service exercise on Tuesday evening will recreate a scenario in which the city's mains water supply has failed. It will involve around 14 major appliances, modern high-volume pumps, command support and 70 firefighters from across the county.

As part of the exercise, crews will pump water from Gloucester Docks to supply more than two miles of hose around the circumference of the Docks - delivering the water back to where it came from.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "The basic principles of firefighting haven't changed over the years and the need to supply large volumes of water over distance is still a fundamental requirement of operations."

"This exercise will be a significant challenge for fire crews and an excellent opportunity to develop our response to an emergency on this scale."

The service would like to reassure residents that the county's emergency response will be maintained while the exercise takes place.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Exercises like these are incredibly important to ensure that crews are ready to respond to any emergency and the Docks are the perfect setting."

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Issued by: Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425093, keith.coles@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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17th May 2013