Residential streets in the village of Lympstone were used by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to play out a training exercise of a 'terrorist attack' within a built-up area yesterday [Oct 11].

The joint scenario also involved the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines and aimed to test the resilience and security of their young officers taking part.

Sergeant Jackson explained: "The scenario involved the young officers searching the streets of Lympstone Village when they are called to a Road Traffic Collision involving two males with serious injuries.

"When the young officers check the car they see weapons, alongside explosive devices and work out that the drivers are terrorists. They should then react by cordoning off the area and calling in our bomb disposal team to render the devices safe. That's where Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service come in, to deal with the RTC." 

The exercise is just the latest in collaborative work between the marines and DSFRS as Malcolm Swallow, Group Manager for Central Command, explained

"The Royal Marines based at Lympstone are like a small town on our patch and over the years have assisted us with some of our infrastructures for fighting fires on Woodbury Common," he said.

"Within central command east we pride ourselves in working with many other agencies not just the police, ambulance and Lifeboat Service,  but also Clifton Devon estates; encompassing 2,800 acres of the East Devon Pebblebed heaths, three business parks, residential property and a number of small businesses.

"This exercise is conducted once a year within Lympstone village using a different scenario; it's really well supported by the local community.  The Fire Service can't normally close down a busy street for two hours, so it gave us a unique training opportunity. Today has been really productive."

On a highly productive day for the Service, they also launched a new Phone App could help people who have been involved in a road accident.

The 'P.A.N.I.C' App has been developed in partnership with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, police, ambulance and Devon County Council as part of the Learn to Live initiative and tells the user exactly what to do in the event of a crash. 

Another feature is a location finder to ensure emergency services are given as accurate location as possible which could save vital minutes while the App also has a basic first aid section giving emergency first aid information for those first few important minutes.

Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, Councillor Stuart Hughes says; "These days, almost every young person carries a smart phone and this is an ideal way to get important information to them in the event of a collision.  

"I am really pleased to be supporting this project and the whole Learn to Live initiative which does tremendous work in promoting road safety to young people. Our hope is that the App may well be used by a much larger range of people including motorcyclists and cyclists and could really make the difference in a life or death situation."

Posted 12/10/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com