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Firefighters test response to Supertram emergency with realistic live training exercise

Firefighters have taken part in a major training exercise in Sheffield to test their response to an incident involving the city’s tram network.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue worked with Stagecoach Supertram on the live training scenario, which involved a casualty being trapped under one of the vehicles.

Herdings Park tram stop was closed for several hours for the exercise, which also involved paramedics from Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Station manager Darren Perrot, said: “We’d like to thank the public for their understanding in allowing us to close a small part of the tram network in Sheffield for a few hours so we could complete this important training exercise. We’re also extremely grateful to Stagecoach Supertram for making the exercise as realistic as possible and providing some vital technical input on the day.

“Our firefighters are ready to respond to a huge number of different incident types, from fires to road traffic collisions. We issue lots of guidance to our crews about the different sorts of scenarios they might come across in the line of duty, but really the best way of preparing our response is to test it out for real.”

Katie Arthur, Safety Manager for Stagecoach Supertram said, “We are grateful to our passengers for their patience during this operation that involved staff, both at depot and on site working with colleagues from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.  Safety is always our number one priority and exercises like these are vital in enabling us to test our emergency responses and gain crucial experience of working with our emergency service partners.”

This content was last updated on May 25th, 2016