Firefighters to use new Lincoln student flats for training exercise

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The Gateway, the new student flats on the Tritton Road roundabout in Lincoln, will be used for a training exercise from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue on Monday, August 17.

Crews, fire engines and associated equipment will be at the eight storey student accommodation block from 4.30pm to 9pm for the exercise. No road closures are expected.

The building is owned by Jackson & Jackson Developments and will give firefighters realistic training conditions.

The Gateway student accommodation in Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Gateway student accommodation in Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Dan Moss, Deputy Divisional Commander at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “It is important to test our firefighters on a regular basis.

“We know that as the landscape changes and develops in Lincoln and the surrounding towns, we need to be training in as realistic conditions as possible.

“This ensures our crews are ready for the wide variety of operational scenarios that they may be faced with in new and more complex building types.

“The eight storey student flats are the perfect place for us to test our crews. There are many interweaving corridors, staircases, lift shafts and rooms off rooms, which will enable us to develop appropriate rescue strategies.

“We have chosen this time of day to try to minimise disruption to the public. We are not anticipating any road closures in the area.”

Cameron Jackson, Co-owner of Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “It is important that local businesses continue to support the emergency services. We are keen to ensure that our properties will keep our residents safe, and what better way to test that than with the local fire brigade.”