Emergency crews use demolition site for exercise

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THIS was the dramatic scene as more than 40 firefighters and emergency experts found out what would happen if a major building collapsed.

The exercise, run in Thetford on Tuesday by three Urban Search and Rescue teams – who are the UK government’s response force to disasters like the 9/11 attacks or 7/7 bombings – took place at Lovell’s part demolished Sweyn Close site.

Duncan Barrow, watch manager of the Norfolk Urban Search and Rescue unit, said: “It is essential that our teams have the opportunity to complete training exercises in realistic circumstances and so the provision of Lovell’s site is welcome.”

Steve Coombs, regional director at Lovell, said: “We hope that by using our Sweyn Close site and others, the emergency services are able to gain better understanding of the issues and problems they will face in an actual crisis.”