Fire crews bring rail '˜emergency' to life!

Emergency rescue training was brought to life at Ludborough station last week, with a simulation exercise involving a '˜horse' being hit by a train.

A training exercise by Humberside Fire and Rescue takes place at Ludborough Railway Station where a train has been hit a horse and some passengers on board have been injured Picture: Sarah Washbourn www.yellowbellyphotos.com

The exercise was organised by Leyland Penn, chairman of the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Society, alongside Fire & Rescue teams from Humberside and Louth.

The scenario involved a ‘horse’ being hit by the train, resulting in an emergency stop - causing ‘passengers’ to be thrown forward and injured and in need of rescue.

A briefing was held before the training exercise began.

A training exercise by Humberside Fire and Rescue takes place at Ludborough Railway Station where a train has been hit a horse and some passengers on board have been injured Picture: Sarah Washbourn www.yellowbellyphotos.com

Fifteen volunteers acted as passengers, with some being removed from the coaches on stretchers by the Humberside Fire & Rescue team.

The ‘horse’ was then recovered from the track by the Louth Fire & Rescue team, which specialises in situations involving animals.

Afterwards there was a debriefing to see what had been learnt from the exercise.

Leyland Penn said: “The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is delighted to have been able to provide the facilities for the teams to be able to carry out the training exercise.

A training exercise by Humberside Fire and Rescue takes place at Ludborough Railway Station where a train has been hit a horse and some passengers on board have been injured. A patient has been extracted and removed from the scene Picture: Sarah Washbourn www.yellowbellyphotos.com

“We want to do all we can to make the railway a safer place. Last year we installed a defibrillator at Ludborough station and a team of volunteers were trained to administer CPR.

“Now our volunteers have learnt a great deal about train evacuation from today’s exercise”.

Martin Wade from the Humberside Fire & Rescue team added: “Creating such a scenario on a working railway is extremely difficult, and we are grateful to the LWR and the volunteers for helping us stage the training exercise”.

Mr Wade added: “From our point of view it was a great opportunity for the Humberside and Louth teams to be able to work together.”

A training exercise by Humberside Fire and Rescue takes place at Ludborough Railway Station where a train has been hit a horse and some passengers on board have been injured. A passenger in a wheelchair is extracted Picture: Sarah Washbourn www.yellowbellyphotos.com
A training exercise by Humberside Fire and Rescue takes place at Ludborough Railway Station where a train has been hit a horse and some passengers on board have been injured. Crew remove the horse from the scene Picture: Sarah Washbourn www.yellowbellyphotos.com
A training exercise by Humberside Fire and Rescue takes place at Ludborough Railway Station where a train has been hit a horse and some passengers on board have been injured Picture: Sarah Washbourn www.yellowbellyphotos.com