Crews join forces for crash test

The Heavy Rescue Partnership fire rescue exercise which saw crews from Wigan take part.

The Heavy Rescue Partnership fire rescue exercise which saw crews from Wigan take part.

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FIREFIGHTERS from Wigan took part in a huge training exercise which saw a road crash involving 10 cars and three HGVs put around 60 firefighters into action.

The exercise saw Wigan crews work alongside crews from Rochdale, Bolton, Bury and Chorley to deal with a pile-up which put the Heavy Rescue Partnership to the test.

The partnership, which has been in place for a year and has never been tested before, provides a heavy rescue vehicle able to lift HGVs.

A total of 17 volunteers acted as casualties in the exercise which helped crews prepare for a genuine mass pile-up involving heavy goods vehicles.

With one of the cars trapped underneath a tanker on its side, 12 fire engines and two special appliances were joined by the heavy rescue vehicle.

Geoff Thornley of GMFRS said: “It was a really successful day.

“It helped our crews prepare for a big incident as well as test the Heavy Rescue Partnership.

“It was nice to work together with our partners and everything went really smoothly.

“A crowd of onlookers were kept safely back and it was good for family members of our volunteers to see the training our crews undertake.

“The Partnership worked really well, the wrecking truck did its job. It was great too to work with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service colleagues, with everyone able to learn on the day.”