04 March 2020
Crews from the Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Services attended the joint training exercise, which involved volunteers acting as missing persons for the search and rescue drill.
The British Touring Car Championship racing outfit has strong links to the local fire service, with team ‘truckie’ Tom Barton dedicating his time away from the team as a serving part-time firefighter with Northamptonshire Fire Service.
Ashley Tugby, Station Commander, Operational Effectiveness said,
"We would like to thank OFRS and BTC Racing LTD for the opportunity and support in carrying out this realistic training scenario."
“Using real buildings in this way gives us an invaluable insight into tackling different types of fires in realistic surroundings so we are very grateful to have been given this opportunity to practice our Fire Fighting actions and large buildings procedures in this way.”
“We had multiple appliances in attendance and deployed Breathing Apparatus wears to carry out simulated Fire Fighting and search for persons reported missing.
“The exercise was extremely useful and all learning and good practices were captured through our Debriefing system.”
Bert Taylor, BTC Racing Team Principal added; “We were delighted to be able to assist the Fire and Rescue service with this important training exercise.
“These guys and girls risk their lives to keep us all safe, so anything we can do to help support them is a real privilege. We’re very proud of the fact that one of our team, Tom, is a local firefighter. They are all everyday heroes.
“It was a great insight to be able to watch the crews in action, and to see their professionalism in dealing with the demanding scenario.”