29th May 2019
Firefighters face many different challenges from fire, floods and storms to road traffic accidents, oil spills and the threat of terrorism. All fire service teams need to be highly trained and able to respond at speed to emergency calls - but finding suitable training venues is extremely difficult.
Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service was, therefore, delighted when Wallingford-based Beechcroft stepped in to help. Beechcroft agreed to allow the team to use an empty shop, acquired by the company for development. The training, carried out on Wednesday 22 May, took approximately three hours with preparations being made during the day.
The building, formerly the ‘Rides On Air’ cycle shop, is due to be demolished and replaced by 8 apartments adjoining Silversmith Place, a development designed for the over 55s. Silversmith Place comprises just 22 elegant two-bedroom apartments set on the first, second and third floors of a newly constructed building between St Martins Street and Goldsmith’s Lane. The apartments overlook an attractive communal garden at first floor level and, on the ground floor, there is allocated parking.
“We are delighted to be able to use the former ‘Rides on Air’ shop in Wallingford town centre,” comments Wm Terry Coupar, Station Support of Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue. “We are always looking for opportunities to train in realistic environments and are very grateful to Beechcroft for giving us this opportunity. Using these premises will help us prepare for all the events that we could face in buildings that are unfamiliar to the crews. We used the building for a search and rescue exercise in ‘cosmetic smoke’ involving crews from fire stations in Goring, Watlington and Henley as well as Wallingford.”
“Anyone interested in supporting the local community in a part-time role based at one of these on-call fire stations might like to consider becoming a member of our crew,” adds Terry. “Our crews train every Wednesday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm – and we are also keen to hear from people or companies with training venues.”
Anyone with premises suitable for Fire Service Training, or anyone keen to become a part-time member of the fire and rescue service crew, please call Terry Coupar on 07795 315975. Those interested in learning more about any of Beechcroft’s retirement communities, please visit the website on www.beechcroft.co.uk.
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- Image: The fire service training team outside Beechcroft's Silversmith Place in Wallingford
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