Humberside fire crews practise 'difficult major rescues'

Firefighters from Humberside have been given extra training in how to perform difficult major rescues.

Crews from Immingham practised cliff fall and mud flat rescues in a series of mocked-up scenarios near Scunthorpe.

Nick Granger of Humberside Fire and Rescue said the fire service dealt with an increasing number of these types of rescue.

"We spend more time rescuing members of the public from scenarios such as this than we do from fires," he said.

The practice scenarios were staged at a quarry at Kirton Lindsey in North Lincolnshire.

The quarry - also an off-road driving school - was adapted to assist the fire service in their training.

"This really is as good as it gets," added Mr Granger. "These are exactly the sort of situations [fire crews] are faced with in real life every day of their working lives."

Fire crews also practised water rescues and dealing with road accidents.

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