In the shadow of Calshot Castle, last night (26 July) emergency services from across Hampshire participated in a training exercise which saw partner agency teams work alongside one another.
Developing an understanding of each other’s protocols, the exercise was designed to test their use of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) principles.
The scenario saw South Central Ambulance Service, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Constabulary, RNLI and Coastguard teams respond to an incident involving a violent altercation which had resulted in a total of eight casualties with varying injuries.
Amongst the injuries the responders were tasked with included stab wounds, as well as a rescue of a casualty who had fallen into the moat on the castle’s grounds, and a water rescue.
Station Manager for the New Forest West stations, Lawrence Mackrell said:
“Exercises like this are vital in developing and maintaining our skills and getting valuable experience working alongside our partners.
“This kind of scenario gives you a level of realism you can’t recreate on the drill yard or classroom – they help us keep people safe.”