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Humberside Fire and Rescue successful carried out an evacuation/rope rescue. Picture courtesy of HFR

A crane evacuation drill to test emergency procedures was carried out for the first time on one of the ship to shore cranes at the Port of Immingham.

Associated British Ports and Humberside Fire and Rescue successfully carried out an evacuation/rope rescue on one of the large Kalmar cranes in Immingham Container Terminal (ICT). The joint exercise was an opportunity to test evacuation plans and then adopt them for other equipment and terminals.

The training exercise also gave the fire service an opportunity to train on our larger pieces of equipment and gave them knowledge of our terminals.

Simon Bird, Regional Director for the Humber said: “This is the first time we have done this kind of training exercise and it’s important for us as a business to be confident that in extreme circumstances where we cannot rescue our colleagues from height, we have the expertise and knowledge of the emergency services.

“Giving them access only provides confidence in our operations team that we have all bases covered should anything concerning happen.”

Wm Steven Smith, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said: "This kind of training provides realistic scenarios, which by their nature prove challenging and test the skills of our teams.  In addition to testing our rescue techniques, it also gives us the opportunity to build relationships with our partners from industry and allows us to better understand how our work as emergency responders, impacts on their business activities. We also gain knowledge on the skills and equipment the organisation provides, for us to bring an incident to a safe and successful conclusion.”

Humberside Fire and Rescue will carry out a smoke rescue from the lower hold of a vessel, this will be a joint operation with an A2B vessel planned for the first week in October.