As part of their training programme Firefighters from the City Fire Brigade carry out regular exercises to test the Operational techniques and procedures that are required when tackling fires involving high-rise buildings. Recently on the 1st August crews from Blue Watch carried out an exercise at Quay 27, Kings Wharf, Queensway. Also in attendance were two members of the Defence Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) who were also acquiring skills in this type of fire incident. Quay 27 is the highest occupied residential building in Gibraltar, with 21 floors above the ground.

Firefighters on arrival at Quay 27, Kings Wharf setting up lines of hose from a hydrant to the pump and into the builings dry riser.

Firefighters on arrival at Quay 27, Kings Wharf setting up lines of hose from a hydrant to the pump and into the builings dry riser.

This is the second time that an exercise has been carried out in this building thanks to the cooperation of the Management Company and residents. The exercise is carried out in as far as possible a realistic scenario, however no water, fire extinguishers or training smoke is used in order to minimize the inconvenience to the residents.

Firefighters reporting to the Breathing Appratus Entry Officer at the forward control post which is situated below the floor on which there is a fire.

Firefighters reporting to the Breathing Appratus Entry Officer at the forward control post which is situated below the floor on which there is a fire.

The training session is not limited to the hands on exercise it involves three days of pre-exercise work. On day one the Firefighters receive classroom instruction on the Standard Operational Procedures (SOP’s) that apply to Hi-Rise Buildings on fire. The next day is dedicated to classroom and a familiarisation visits to the building in order to acquaint the Firefighters with particular features such as; operation of the fireman’s lift, location dry risers, control of fire suppression installations and smoke extraction systems. Finally the exercise is carried out on the third day of training.

A casualty (dummy) is carried down the escape stairs by two Firefighters wearing Breathing Apparatus sets simulating a fire condition in the building.

A casualty (dummy) is carried down the escape stairs by two Firefighters wearing Breathing Apparatus sets simulating a fire condition in the building.