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Firefighters in dramatic crane rescue in Wokingham town centre

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FIREFIGHTERs will be staging a dramatic rescue of someone trapped in a tower crane in Wokingham town centre.

The training exercise taking place tomorrow afternoon will be held on a building site in Wokingham.

Crews from Wokingham Fire Station, in Easthampstead Road, will respond to a mock ‘emergency’ call on the afternoon of Monday, June 6 at the McCarthy and Stone retirement development in Wellington Road.

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The exercise will provide firefighters with a real-life training opportunity by creating a rescue scenario relating to the tower crane in place on site, which will be known as Queen’s Gate when completed.

Using a dummy casualty in the crane operating cabin, the team of firefighters will undertake a full rescue operation involving a rescue stretcher, treating the exercise as a real-life emergency situation.

Station Commander Alan Battman from Wokingham Fire Station, said: “With construction now underway on the new development in Wokingham, as the local fire and rescue service team we need to ensure that we can act quickly to secure the safety of workers on site, in the unlikely event that a rescue situation arises during construction.

“We’ve had numerous planning meetings over the last few weeks to ensure that everything is in place for the activity, and the team are looking forward to putting their training into practice in a ‘real-life’ scenario.”

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