Reality of life as a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue firefighter in behind


Around 30 Devon and Somserset Fire and Rescue firefighters took part in the exercise at Eggbuckland Keep

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) is the statutory fire and rescue service working in Plymouth.

The fifth largest fire and rescue service in the United Kingdom, DSFRS was founded in April 2007 following a merger between Devon and Somerset.

The DSFRS often get called out to a variety of incidents in the city, with road traffic collisions, a burning car, and a tumble dryer fire, serving as just a few examples from the past couple of days.

In order for the fire service keep up to date with their skills they undertake regular training sessions.

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PlymouthLive attended a group training session at the historical site of Eggbuckland Keep on May 5, to see exactly how crews conduct a search and rescue operation.

Around 30 full time and retained firefighters took part in the exercise at the Grade II listed building, bringing with them four appliances and a whole lot of specialist equipment and knowledge.

Teams of firefighters entered the pitch black darkness of the Keep which had been set up to simulate an illegal rave that had spiralled out of control.

The below shows a series of pictures that document how the evening unfolded, and will give an insight into just how much background work goes into any incident the DSFRS deal with.

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