Fire crews test out their skills

NADV 1302171AM Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College. A fire fighter is helped out of his protective suit. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM)

NADV 1302171AM Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College. A fire fighter is helped out of his protective suit. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM)

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Fire crews have been putting their skills to the test with a major decontamination mission at Harrogate College.

Spectators could have been forgiven for thinking something terrible was taking place, but the event on Sunday was a training exercise to test what would happen if a suspect package was opened.

NADV 1302171AM5 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM)5
NADV 1302171AM5 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM)5

Harrogate pupils took part in the action-packed role play and dramatic rescue along with scores of firefighters from across the region.

There were officers from more than 10 fire engines, from North and West Yorkshire’s service, as well as specialise detection, identification and monitoring teams.

“This exercise is part of the training programme we have in place to ensure our staff are prepared to deal with a variety of incidents,” said group manager Mal Austwick, thanking the college for their use of the site.

NADV 1302171AM31 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM31)
NADV 1302171AM31 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM31)
NADV 1302171AM2 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College.Fire fighter Andy Petchey with the Harrogate College students who took part in the exercise.  Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM)2
NADV 1302171AM2 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College.Fire fighter Andy Petchey with the Harrogate College students who took part in the exercise. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM)2
NADV 1302171AM29 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College.  Group manager Mal Austwick and Harrogate Fire Station manager Simon Render who organized the the excercise. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM20)
NADV 1302171AM29 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College. Group manager Mal Austwick and Harrogate Fire Station manager Simon Render who organized the the excercise. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM20)
NADV 1302171AM34 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College. Students are lead away from the building.  Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM34)
NADV 1302171AM34 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College. Students are lead away from the building. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM34)
NADV 1302171AM18 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College.  Fire fighters enter a de-contamination unit. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM18)
NADV 1302171AM18 Mass contamination exercise at Harrogate College. Fire fighters enter a de-contamination unit. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1302171AM18)
 

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