On Wednesday, 22nd March, Neale Court Care Home in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire, supported their local fire and rescue team with the opportunity to conduct a fire and rescue training exercise in an unused area of the care home that is currently awaiting refurbishment. The training exercise included filling the room with thick fog and hiding four weighted manikins in the various rooms for the fire crew to locate and rescue.
The dispatch call from Neale Court to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue was scheduled for 6:45 pm and was promptly followed by the arrival of four fire trucks and crew who immediately sprang into action.
James Baker, Fire Station Manager for Lincoln North, commented on the importance of this training.
"It was as much about the care home staff getting out of the exercise what they could when it comes to evacuation liaising with the fire service. The exercise not only tests the operational response to instances in care homes but also supports our work with the National Fire Chiefs council."
As Fire Marshall for Neale Court, Home Manager Kayleigh Moss confidently shared the evacuation procedures with the fire crew and followed procedure staying close by to provide and further information, she commented on the experience.
“It was great to be part of this opportunity and as a team, we are thankful to the fire and rescue for allowing us to be part of it. We were able to see first-hand what the Fire and rescue fighters do when they respond to emergency calls.”