Firefighters in Lichfield and Burntwood prepare for swine flu problems

An exercise has been carried out to test how prepared firefighters covering Lichfield and Burntwood would be should the flu pandemic escalate.

The Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service exercise involved a scenario in which 50 per cent of the workforce was absent and two incidents – a water rescue and a bomb blast at a shopping centre – occurred at the same time.

This particular exercise was aimed at the senior management team, including the Chief Fire Officer and it tested their decision making in a difficult situation where they couldn’t rely on or request the usual number of resources.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said:

“As a Fire and Rescue Service we have to prepare for all eventualities and this is exactly what this exercise did. We have been planning for this flu pandemic for several months now and this exercise allowed us to test these plans using very challenging scenarios and learn from them. We will be holding further exercises and workshops in the coming weeks and months to continue to test these plans in all departments across the Service.”

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