Mid UK Recycling hosts fire exercise

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Firefighters joined other Lincolnshire agencies for a mock fire exercise at a recycling plant recently to test their responses and processes for dealing with a major fire.

Lincolnshire-based Mid UK Recycling gave a tour of its materials recycling facility at Caythorpe before staff from a range of agencies including Lincolnshire County Council, the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service, local authorities, parish councils, the Environment Agency and public health agencies took part in a training exercise without a crew (TEWC) at Brant Broughton Fire Station.

Chris Mountain, managing director of Mid UK Recycling, said: “The event allowed agencies and firefighters to see our site operating and recognise some of the potential risks that we face. We then moved to the Brant Broughton fire station to work through the scenario of a fire breaking out at the site and what procedures would need to be in place to ensure it was dealt with as safely and efficiently as possible.”

Following the daytime tour and visit to the fire station, the agencies also took part in an evening exercise at Mid UK Recycling’s Ancaster site which involved four fire pumps and included training on site plus a desk top exercise of a fire scenario at the Ancaster site.

Mountain added: “Fires on waste and recycling sites have been in the press a lot over the past few years and we ourselves have experienced them in the past. We therefore feel exercises such as this play a crucial role in ensuring the best procedures and practices are in place should anything occur in the future.”

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