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SWW's Mayflower WTW hosts fire training exercise

South West Water's (SWW) Mayflower water treatment works construction site at Roborough, just outside Plymouth, has been the scene of a dramatic rescue during a fire service training exercise.

The site gave crews from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service the perfect venue to put their training into practice. In the scenario, firefighters used specialist equipment to rescue two casualties (manikins) from the base of a concrete structure.

SWW project manager Mike Court said: “Construction sites of this nature are few and far between so we were delighted to be able to offer Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service the opportunity to use our site for these training exercises. It was absolutely fascinating seeing the firefighters in action.”

Steve Hill, station manager from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, explained: “The purpose of the training is to enable the crews from several fire stations to work together as a team training in an unfamiliar environment. They will be integrating their skills, knowledge and equipment to overcome different or unusual challenges, as well as gaining a familiarity with the South West Water site. The scenario is also an ideal opportunity to develop firefighters with less experience.

South West Water is building the new £60M state-of-the-art Mayflower WTW to serve Plymouth and the surrounding area. It will replace the outdated treatment works at Crownhill in Plymouth, which was built in the 1950s and is reaching the end of its useful life.

Work started on site in April 2016 and Mayflower is on schedule to become operational in September 2018, with the existing Crownhill works retiring from service a few months later.  Around 150 people will be employed during construction. The project is South West Water’s biggest single capital investment in its highly-rated 2015-20 business plan.

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