Warwickshire firefighters used the empty Ellen Badger Hospital site for training operations.
The South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust is working with the Shipston Medical Center to develop the Shipston Hospital site and relocate the medical center.
And before construction began, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services used the empty building for training drills.
The fire department has held four training exercises at the site so far and plans to continue them into the new year.
The latest saw crews from Stratford, Shipston and Chipping Campden take part in a simulation exercise in response to a fire in the building – with reports of a missing person.
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus to search the premises for fictitious victims in the dark.
Paul Simmons, Fire Safety Advisor at the Trust, commented on the collaboration: “I am really happy that the Trust was able to support the firefighters by facilitating this training exercise. It is very rare that hospital buildings are available for activities like this, so I am delighted that we were able to seize the opportunity and work with our partners to deliver this extremely valuable training opportunity.
“The firefighters do an incredible job every day so being able to work with them has been truly rewarding. “
Watch Commander Pete Bell added, “It’s great to be able to organize this realistic training for our crews at Ellen Badger Hospital in Shipston and we look forward to continuing this training in the New Year.
“The opportunities to train in such locations are limited but vital in helping our crews maintain their skill levels when faced with these difficult types / locations of incidents and we are extremely grateful to the trust and staff. of Ellen Badger for being so accommodating.
“None of this would have happened without the excellent planning and support of our Warwickshire Fire and Rescue teams, Confidence and Paul.”
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