Emergency Training Exercises at Portland House

Cleveland Fire Brigade and Thirteen are carrying out joint fire safety training exercises in the empty Portland House high rise in Cargo Fleet, Middlesbrough and want to make the public aware ahead of these exercises.

The exercises will take place on:

Monday 2 September; Thursday 12 September and Friday 13 September 10.30am – 2.30pm

As part of the training exercise the empty Portland House, which is due for demolition, will be filled with generated smoke to make the exercise as realistic as possible, but no fire will be involved and organisers want to reassure the public. 

This training allows both organisations to test both their procedures and equipment so in the event of an incident they are ready to respond.

Dave Turton, Area Manager Emergency Response, Cleveland Fire Brigade said, “It is vital that our crews regularly have the opportunity to test their skills and equipment in realistic situations, to ensure we are prepared should the worst happen

“We really appreciate the opportunity to work in partnership with Thirteen and also the support of the local community with these training exercises.

Our number one priority is keeping our communities safe and we are rightly proud to have the lowest rate of accidental fires in the home the country, and one of the fastest response times to incidents.”

Thirteen’s executive director of property services Russell Thompson said: “We take fire safety very seriously, and working in conjunction with Cleveland Fire Brigade, we will be carrying out a training exercise at empty high-rise block, Portland House.

“We want to make sure local residents are aware so that they are not concerned when they see the training take place, which will involve smoke but there will be no actual fire. If you know anyone living in the area of Portland House, please make them aware.”

Posters and flyers will be distributed across the area to notify the public as well as social media activity from both organisations.  They hope to work together in the future on further emergency training exercises.