Confined space expertise showcased to Fire Service

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Team Van Oord showcased its confined space rescue procedure to two local Fire Service crews when working in the town of St Blazey in Cornwall earlier this year.

It is standard procedure for Team Van Oord to inform the local emergency services before commencing any major confined space works.

When we did so with regard to works in St Blazey, the local Fire Service expressed an interest in our confined space rescue procedure. After discussions with our specialist subcontractor Matt Durbin Associates, the Fire Service was invited to site to observe a mock rescue.

The Bodmin Specialist Search and Rescue Team took up this offer and arrangements for a visit to site were made with watch manager Phil Hoare.

A mock rescue was carried out during the visit which involved rescuing a team member at a distance of 20 metres from the access shaft. The exercise, which included lifting the injured team member to the top of the shaft on a spinal board, passed off very well.

The Fire Service was sufficiently impressed to ask whether other crews could observe this procedure and as a result the exercise was repeated for the St Austell Green Watch team shortly afterwards.

April 2012