Firefighters’ mock rescue at windmill

The casualty is winched down in the firefighters' training exercise at Dobson's Windmill
The casualty is winched down in the firefighters' training exercise at Dobson's Windmill

Firefighters from Skegness Blue Watch put their life-saving skills to the test last week taking part in a tough training exercise in Burgh Le Marsh.

Taking place in the Grade I listed Dobson’s Windmill the exercise, led by East Division deputy division commander Jason Lawley, provided a unique challenge testing the crew’s rescue skills to the limit.

With a casualty scenario set up on the fifth floor and limited space to work in, the crew carried out a technical line rescue, providing first aid before lowering the casualty vertically through the building’s four hatches.

Deputy division commander Jason Lawley said: “Training within our community and at premises that provide us with an unusual or potentially difficult challenge in an emergency situation is vital in ensuring that our crews are capable, familiar and effective in carrying out their duties.

“Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue carries out many highly skilled functions which all require hours of continuous training.

“Technical line rescue is a particularly complex and skilful part of our role, allowing us to carry out life-saving work at heights and in confined spaces.”

He added: “It’s no doubt that training at real venues like the windmill helps firefighters to maintain these skills to the highest level possible whilst allowing the crews to engage with the community in which they serve and protect.”

Crew manager Dan Vines added: “We were lucky to have such a brilliant venue to train with in the local area. It’s a realistic scenario as many people visit this attraction every year so it’s great to know how well the crew did and that they’re prepared should anything happen.”

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