Crofton Rescue Exercise
In November Stratton Fire Station rescue team from Swindon came to Crofton Beam Engines to perform a rescue exercise of an injured or incapacitated person from a platform deep down in a Well area around the pumps.
Each rescuer descended down only using a harness suspended from ropes, the assumption being that the ladders were unusable. Once the stretcher was lowered down the casualty, which was a dummy, was wrapped in the stretcher and lifted to the top with ropes.
The exercise proved valuable for the rescue team in general techniques and to familiarise themselves with the Crofton well and the access restrictions it presented, should they need to attend a real emergency.