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Search and Rescue at Hatherleigh Care Village
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 12, 2009: Hatherleigh Fire Service put the town’s new Care Village development to good use this week as they staged a search and rescue training exercise on the building site. Station Officer, Owen Ravenscroft told us “We are grateful to the operators of the new Care Village, PSP Healthcare and to the builders D R Jones for kindly letting us use this opportunity to practice our skills”. The Hatherleigh Fire Service comprises of ten retained fire fighters from the local community. They train every week at the station but have limited opportunities to practice on real sites, so the new Care Village building site provided the perfect venue. During the exercise several casualties (dummies) were placed within the building and Fire Fighter’s had to contend with a number of obstacles and challenges in searching for and retrieving them safely out of the building. Nick Hewitt Senior Project Manager from D R Jones said “The Care Village has proved to be a popular facility for Hatherleigh and the surrounding area. It comprises of all the latest technology and design features for the elderly such as a nurse call system that rings without any bells.” He went on to say that “we have had tremendous support from the town and so we were pleased to help out when the Fire Service asked if they could train on our site.”

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