Firefighters practice skills for incidents involving large goods vehicles

Cleveland Fire Brigade staff pictured with Nick Brown, Managing Director for Bertschi UK Limited and Paul Smithyman, Transport Planning Manager for Bertschi UK Limited

Cleveland Fire Brigade staff pictured with Nick Brown, Managing Director for Bertschi UK Limited and Paul Smithyman, Transport Planning Manager for Bertschi UK Limited

Fire crews from Cleveland Fire Brigade have been honing their skills for dealing with road traffic collisions that involve large goods vehicles, thanks to an international transport and logistics company.

Bertschi, who provides services for the chemical industry, has loaned the Brigade a LGV vehicle to ensure fire crews have an opportunity to validate their knowledge, practice techniques and improve safety when dealing with such serious and dangerous incidents.

David Bond, Learning and Development Centre Manager at Cleveland Fire Brigade said, “Cleveland roads carry one of the largest movements of tankers, not only in the UK but Europe wide. Therefore it is essential that our firefighters are fully equipped to deal with an incident involving these large vehicles.

“We have been training all the Brigades’ operational staff at our Learning and Development Centre in Grangetown over the past few months focusing on rescues from large goods vehicles, applying a casualty centred rescue approach.

“Thanks to Bertschi for loaning us a LGV tractor unit free of charge, it has helped us create realistic scenarios, practice our techniques and procedures and has been a fantastic training aid which will help us deal with this type of incident, should one occur on our roads.”

Nick Brown, Managing Director for Bertschi UK Limited said “We are delighted to be able to help Cleveland Fire Brigade firefighters improve their skills for dealing with road traffic collisions involving heavy goods vehicles. We want to ensure both the safety of our drivers and other road users and I am glad we are able to help by loaning one of our vehicles.”