Firefighters from ExxonMobil Fawley joined colleagues from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) in an exercise to test their joint emergency response procedures recently.

The crews were given an exercise scenario in which the firefighters and their incident commanders were tasked with working together in order to bring about a swift and safe conclusion to the “emergency”, which was played out at Fawley in closely-controlled conditions.

Richard Jones, Fawley’s Chief Fire Officer, said: “Fortunately, it’s very rare that we have to ask our colleagues from the local authority fire service to assist us at Fawley with a real incident.

However, it’s vital that we are all prepared for any eventuality, and so exercises like the one held here at Fawley recently are an important part of our training.

“We made sure the exercise was as realistic as it could be – with safety being our top priority at all times. The event took place on a hot day, which made the conditions even more challenging and provided an extra test. I would like to thank the fire crews from Fawley and both HFRS and DFRS for taking part, it was a really worthwhile day for everyone involved.”