THE horrific aftermath of a road traffic collision on a level
crossing is what met fire crew from across Oldham during a
realistic training exercise.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) firefighters
from Oldham, Chadderton and Hollins fire stations arrived at the
scene at Northern Rail's Newton Heath train depot on Tuesday,
Organiser, Watch Manager Tony Morgan said: "By carrying out
training in a real railway environment, it adds some realism and
for that I'd like to thank Northern Rail - their staff acted as
train and railway staff during the training.
"GMFRS volunteers acted as casualties and the scenario involved
a car hit by a train, simulating an emergency incident at a level
"Crew worked well to cut the casualties free and although there
are few level crossings left in Oldham, the increase in Metrolink
lines in the area means the experience will be invaluable and
everyone learnt a great deal."
The large scale training exercise involved around 15
firefighters and was part of GMFRS borough based training in
Station Manager Glynn O'Reilly said: "The exercise was a great
success in terms of improving the realism of our training.
"We had a volunteer who was cut free from the car and crew also
had to locate a second casualty who was in the train carriage.
"They carried out a systematic search of the four railway
carriages and located and rescued our volunteers."
Stuart Draper, Engineering Director for Northern Rail said:
"Helping Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service with exercises
such as these builds on our working relationship with each
"It also allows the industry as a whole to understand how to
work better in partnership with our emergency services."