FIREFIGHTERS have carried out an exercise in Bolton Town Centre that allowed them to practice procedures for dealing with chemical incidents.
Crew made up from fire stations around the borough gathered on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, where engines and special appliances arrived at Le Mans Crescent at around 10.30am.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service worked with Bolton Council over recent months to plan the exercise and a room in the town hall was used on the day with the help of council workers who played live casualties.
Watch Manager Karsten Boyle, from Green Watch at Bolton Central Fire Station, said: â€œMonths of planning and preparation went into the exercise with Bolton Councilâ€™s Emergency Planning team and we contacted local businesses to let them know about our plans to save disruption and panic.
â€œThe incident allowed firefighters from across Bolton to train together on a scenario that also tested GMFRSâ€™ procedures when it comes to chemical incidents.â€
Onlookers gathered at the cordon around Victoria Square to see what was going on - especially as firefighters in eye-catching chemical protection suits were involved to make the exercise as realistic as possible.
Interview with Watch Manager Karsten Boyle can be seen hereÂ courtesy of Bolton Live.