Fire service Spalding exercise to test response to major incident

Lincs Fire and Rescue news.
Lincs Fire and Rescue news.

Emergency services from across the county are testing procedures for dealing with a major fire at a food processing plant in Spalding today (Tuesday).

‘Exercise ROTHWELL’ will simulate a huge fire and building collapse involving multiple ‘casualties’ at Spalding Bakkavor on West Marsh Road.

The exercise will involve staff and vehicles from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Bakkavor, Lincolnshire Police, EMAS, South Holland District Council, plus other partner agencies, to test the arrangements they have in place for working together in response to a major incident.

The ‘incident’ will include the deployment of fire crews from across the area as well as the ambulance service HART team who can work alongside firefighters within high risk areas.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue divisional commander Sean Taylor said: “Although it is unlikely that an incident like this would occur, recent national and international events have once again highlighted the importance of public organisations testing their emergency response procedures to assure the safety of the communities we serve.

“Routine exercises like this enable us to test our ability to deal with large scale incidents and highlight areas where we can adapt our practices to deliver a more efficient service in the future.”