Shropshire fire crews in 'chemical incident' exercise

Shropshire firefighters will deal with a reported "gas cloud" at a large storage depot in a night time training exercise.

More than 50 will be involved on Thursday at the Grocontinental compound in Whitchurch Business Park, where food is stored up to the roof.

The simulated exercise will involve firefighters dealing with injured workers after a serious ammonia leak.

A full decontamination exercise will follow the rescue.

'Very grateful'

Crews from Whitchurch, Prees, Newport, Wellington and Tweedale will be involved along with colleagues from Malpas in Cheshire.

Shropshire firefighters train with those from neighbouring brigades to be prepared for incidents which need cross-border support.

Firefighters will wear specialist green chemical protection suits in the exercise at Whitchurch.

It has been designed to test them in their response to hazardous materials, rescuing casualties, communications, incident command and inter-agency liaison.

Crews will be at Whitchurch Fire Station before responding to the alert at about 1900 GMT.

Exercise organiser Mark Smith said Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service was "very grateful" to employers such as Grocontinental.

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