Firefighters test systems for tram emergencies in Sheffield

Firefighters put their skills to the test in a realistic training exercise on the tram tracks in Sheffield.

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 9:44 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 9:48 am
Firefighters involved in a training exercise

They tested their systems for dealing with an emergency incident involving a tram, in an exercise staged at Herdings on Sunday.

Crews had to react to a scenario where a casualty was trapped under a tram.

Herdings Park tram stop was closed for several hours for the exercise, which also involved paramedics from Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

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Station manager Darren Perro, said: “We’d like to thank the public for their understanding in allowing us to close a small part of the tram network in Sheffield for a few hours so we could complete this important training exercise.

“Our firefighters are ready to respond to a huge number of different incident types, from fires to road traffic collisions.

"We issue lots of guidance to our crews about the different sorts of scenarios they might come across in the line of duty, but really the best way of preparing our response is to test it out for real.”

Katie Arthur, Safety Manager for Stagecoach Supertram, said, "We are grateful to our passengers for their patience during this operation that involved staff, both at depot and on site working with colleagues from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

"Safety is always our number one priority and exercises like these are vital in enabling us to test our emergency responses and gain crucial experience of working with our emergency service partners."