Banbury Fire Station was buzzing with activity on Tuesday as it hosted a joint training day with staff from South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS).
The day involved a number of rescue scenarios featuring both emergency services, with firefighters and ambulance teams able to swap ideas and techniques, particularly when dealing with road accidents.
Darran Hookway, station manager, said: “Training days like these are extremely beneficial for both parties because not only is it an opportunity to gain valuable experience, it further helps to foster good working relationships between all the emergency services.
“This not only benefits the way we work together at incidents but also the public too, who we help in their time of need.”
This was the fourth training event held at the Cope Road station and about 20 firefighters took part in four different scenarios, including road accidents.
The day was also an opportunity to work together in a structured environment and learn more about the roles of other services when dealing with rescue incidents.
John Leese, SCAS clinical mentor said: “This has been another excellent chance for our staff to gain some hands-on experience of working with other agencies, in a slightly less pressurised environment.
“We can share good practices and better understand each others’ roles at rescue incidents.”
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