Members of Newcastle Thunder’s U19 academy have been doing their bit to help Noth East emergency services as Kingston Park Stadium played host to a Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue training exercise.
Crews from across the services area descended on the stadium as they rehearsed their response to a hazardous material incident, with the academy players acting as casualties involved.
Bringing an element of realism to the training by moving the exercise to a real world environment, the attending crews ran through a range of procedures including search and rescue, decontamination and containment.
Lasting the morning, it was an exercise that crew manager Stuart Dobson said proved useful and provided the firemen & women in attendance with a worthwhile experience.
He said: “The training exercise went very well as it was an opportunity to test our initial operational response to a hazardous material incident that involved multiple casualties.
“As the casualties were non-Fire Service personnel and the exercise was carried out in a non-service setting, it brought an element of realism to the training.
“All members involved have expressed to me that they felt they benefited from it.
“On behalf of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service I would like to thank Newcastle Rugby and the volunteers for providing the venue and for being very generous with your time to allow us to improve our skills so that we are able to provide the highest standard of service to the public and create the safest community.
“I would especially like to thank the volunteers who allowed us to decontaminate them using Fire Appliances on an extremely cold day. They were incredible sports and are a credit to the club.”