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Contamination exercise at the Knavesmire


12:02am 21st November 2011

At 10.30am on the 21st November 2011 NYFRS are holding a large scale training exercise at York Racecourse.

Planning for the exercise started in August this year and will see up to 15 fire appliances and 60 firefighters from across North Yorkshire and neighbouring Humberside descend upon the Knavesmire site.

Exercise "County Stand" forms part of the NYFRS annual training and exercise programme and has been specifically designed to test the responding crew's ability to successfully resolve an incident where members of the public have been contaminated with a potentially harmful substance.

The organiser of the exercise, Station Manager Cecil Pugh said:

"Whilst this type of incident is fortunately extremely rare, the public rightly expect us to be able to respond immediately and effectively to incidents of this nature. In order to ensure that effective response, we need to test ourselves on a regular basis.

"The service has maintained a "Mass Decontamination" capability since first acquiring the new equipment back in February 2004 and this event is one of many that have been held since then to test our competency."

60 brave students from York College will play the role of contaminated members of the public and will be processed through NYFRS decontamination structures in accordance with nationally provided procedures. 

Cecil added:

"We are very grateful to the staff and students of York College for their participation in the exercise and would like to thank York Racecourse Committee for allowing us, once again, to use their fantastic facilities."

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