Rescue practice is a towering success

Simulated crane rescue at Wood House, Hemel Hempstead

A rope rescue team from Herts Fire and Rescue Service carried out a simulated tower crane rescue on our new homes site at Wood House, Maylands, Hemel Hempstead, on Wednesday 20 September.

As nominated rescue operators for the seven-storey project - which will provide new affordable homes for local people, and is due for completion in autumn 2018 - Herts Fire and Rescue Service were keen to complete a practice exercise on site.

The 'victim' was a mannequin that had been placed near the cab of the 98-foot crane by another fire crew earlier in the day.  For added realism, the site manager made an emergency call to say that the crane operator had collapsed and was unconscious outside his cab. The rescue crew sped to the site and scaled the dizzy heights of the crane before securing the casualty onto a stretcher and gently lowering him to the ground.

Hemel Hempstead Fire Station’s Watch Commander, Kevan Neill, said: “This was a great opportunity to practise a rescue from height on a live building site. We would like to thank site owners Dacorum Borough Council, and their contractors Jarvis, for giving us the opportunity to work with them and carry out this simulation.”

Assistant Director of Housing at Dacorum Borough Council, Elliott Brooks, added: “As a social landlord, it's imperative that we have a close relationship with local fire and rescue services so that we can follow their advice around safeguarding our tenants and leaseholders. We're delighted that we were able to assist the rope rescue team by providing an unusual opportunity for them to practise these vital skills.”

There is further information about our approach to high-rise fire safety on our fire safety in high-rise flats page.