Video: Lincoln firefighters use new student flats for training exercise

Around 60 firefighters from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue took part in a high-rise rescue exercise at a block of flats in Lincoln.

Crews and fire engines arrived at The Gateway, an eight-storey development on the Tritton Road roundabout which is about to be opened as university accommodation next month, from around 4.30pm on August 17.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Firefighters simulated tackling a blaze at the flats and rescuing people from inside the building through the evening.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The training exercise acted as a useful dress rehearsal for the firefighters, allowing them to work in realistic conditions.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Danny Moss, Deputy Divisional Commander of Operations at Lincolnshire Fore and Rescue, said: “It’s an invaluable exercise for our crews. We have a requirement to carry out a certain number of exercises, and gather information on developments in the city.

“We are extremely thankful to Jackson & Jackson Developments who have allowed us to use this fantastic building to carry out this scenario.”

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Cameron Jackson, co-owner of Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “At the end of the day things can go wrong, and if you’re in a position where you are running buildings then you will want the fire and rescue teams on your side as much as possible.”