GMFRS carries out first large-scale high rise exercise of 2022

GREATER Manchester firefighters were called to a block of student flats as part of their first high rise building exercise of 2022.

As part of its commitment to providing a fast, safe and effective response – as outlined in Greater Manchester’s first Fire Plan - Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) delivers regular high rise training, with Exercise McDonald taking place on Friday, January 7, 2022, at the Service’s Training and Safety Centre (TSC) in Bury.

During the mock incident, crews were greeted by smoke billowing from fifth-floor windows of fictional student accommodation ‘Manchester Towers’, with reports of casualties and a person unaccounted for.

The training session saw ten fire engines and specialist appliances, including an aerial appliance, mobilised to the scene with fire crews searching the building and tackling the blaze.

The organisation’s TSC allows the Service and its partners to carry out large-scale exercises simulating realistic, and often complex, incidents. Huge refurbishments are currently underway at the centre and will see the introduction of a cutting-edge Incident Command and Leadership Development Academy later this year as part of the GMFRS’ Estates Improvements Programme.


21/01/2022 14:23 PM