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Sanctuary supports fire practice for officers

8 December 2015

Sanctuary Housing has teamed up with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) to carry out a mock emergency fire incident at Sanctuary’s Ladysmith House in Taunton.

Practical experience

Giving fire officers from DSFRS invaluable practical experience in how to handle an emergency in high rise accommodation, firefighters worked closely with Sanctuary staff to access an empty flat to practice their entrance, exit and rescue measures.

Kris Amey, Sanctuary’s housing officer, said: “Ladysmith House is a very large building and this exercise gave the DSFRS firefighters a great opportunity to practice a live incident in a town centre building.

“The safety of our residents is paramount and this was an ideal way to ensure their security in a fire situation, and assist a partner agency at the same time.” 


Crew manager in Taunton for DSFRS Jim McGuinness added: “The exercise was very successful and worthwhile, allowing crews to familiarise themselves with the building to make sure we are as effective as possible in an emergency situation. I’d like to thank Sanctuary for their support, and thanks also to Sanctuary’s caretaker Tony Gemmell for his assistance and flexibility.”

Officers from DSFRS offer free home fire safety checks for local residents, to book please call 0800 05 02 999.


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