Fire crews from Helmsley, Malton and Scarborough turned heads when they closed off part of Malton’s town centre for a training exercise.
Exercise Stranded was designed to test the response and actions of specialist water teams from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and The Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team.
The realistic scenario earlier this month saw firefighters faced with the challenge of “rescuing” three casualties who had become stranded on one of the stations on the bridge on Railway Street, next to the water.
One casualty was suffering life-threatening injuries and the Swift Water Rescue members and aerial ladder platform crew had to design an effective rescue.
A plan was quickly put together and the “rescue” achieved using the aerial latter.
And even when one of the casualties slipped into the water and found himself being swept down stream, the crews responded quickly to affect a rescue. Finally information was passed to The Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team informing them that there was a fourth casualty who was reported missing.
The team formed a plan and began the search, finding and treating the casualty.