Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service
Posted on: June 15th 2015   •    Posted in: Community

Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service to hold live training exercise on Havebury site

Employees from Havebury Housing Partnership are set to assist crews from the Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service in a series of live training exercises.

Having recently been approached by Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service, around twelve Havebury employees will be taking part in a training exercise which will help the Suffolk housing provider to test their fire plan for sheltered housing with their Erskine Lodge site at Great Whelnetham being identified as a suitable location.

There are four planned live exercises which will are set to last approximately 1 hour. These dates are confirmed as follows:
Monday 15 June – 6.45pm

Thursday 25 June – 6.45pm

Monday 29 June – 6.45pm

Thursday 9 July – 6.45pm

There will also be one full day live exercise which will take place on Thursday 2 July at 10.30am.

During these exercises, which are carefully controlled by Suffolk Fire & Rescue, the interior areas of Erskine Lodge will be partially smoke logged using a cosmetic smoke and a simulated fire which will be dealt with by the Fire Service. The area immediately around the property will be designated as a safety zone and access will be strictly monitored.

The Parish Council and local residents have been written to reassure them that the fire service is present in the event that they see smoke or fire during these times.

Station Commander Mark Walker of Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service said; “In order to help protect our communities and maximise public safety, it’s vital our officers regularly test their capabilities using a range of scenarios. This exercise forms part of an ongoing training programme to test appropriate responses and contingency plans. It has been pre-planned and not arranged in response to any concerns in our county.”

Karen Mayhew, Chief Executive of Havebury said; “We are delighted that the Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service has chosen our Erskine Lodge site to carry out this necessary training exercise as the health and welfare of all residents living in sheltered accommodation is of importance to us. Any outcomes of this training exercise will also help us to shape our fire safety policies within our business.”

If you require any further information on these live training exercises, please contact Lisa Power, Communications Co-ordinator on 01284 722032 or by email


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