Isle emergency workers join rescue

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service logo.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service logo.

Emergency workers from the Isle will take part in a dramatic staged rescue at the Beverley Minster.

Members of the public are invited to attend the 10.30am, October 11 event led by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service in the roof space of the Minster. A casualty will be rescued in a complex ‘heights’ situation.

Liam Plunkett from Humberside Fire and Rescue said: “Exercises like this gives crews a realistic environment to practise conducting a rescue from heights. It also demonstrates to the public the capabilities we have outside of firefighting.”

Specialist teams from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Humberside Police and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) from Yorkshire Ambulance Service will take part, with a step by step presentation to explain different stages of the rescue.

Neil Pickford, assistant verger at Beverley Minster, said: “More than 3,000 people climb the 20 metres (70 feet) to the central tower every year on one of our famous roof tours. It’s reassuring to know that, should there ever be an accident, emergency services are trained to treat and rescue the casualty quickly and safely.”

HART is a group of specially-trained people who are equipped to find, stabilise, treat and rescue casualties from dangerous environments such as collapsed buildings. They can give emergency treatment in difficult rescues where patients may be trapped at height, underground or in water.

Andy Croxall, a Clinical Supervisor with HART, said: “Our clinicians will go into the ceiling void at Beverley Minster to treat a ‘patient’.

“We have extensive training in how to work safely at height and have attended real-life incidents where our knowledge has been put into practice. However, these types of incidents are uncommon so we welcome the opportunity to enhance our training by working with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.”