Fire crews were present on the North West Cambridge Development recently – but this wasn’t an emergency; it was a chance for advanced training.
A tower crane being used by BAM construction to develop parts of Eddington at the heart of the scheme was used for a recovery exercise.
Firefighters from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Cambridge crews climbed up static tower crane to perform the dummy rescue of a colleague.
The co-operation with the fire service is part of BAM’s policy for using its projects across the UK to support community programmes and create learning, work experience and safety opportunities.
Firefighter David Oura, from Cambridge black watch, explained the exercise lasted about 90 minutes and was a good opportunity for the 12 fire service staff to hone their skills working at height.
He said: “The scenario was to rescue an unauthorised person climbing on the crane out of working hours and the training was of real benefit to us as it allowed us to practice our procedures and equipment for working at height. The number of tower cranes in the Cambridge city area is significant and training on one exposed the crews to a realistic environment.”