Firefighters, dogs, drones and paramedics test search and rescue skills

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) firefighters from Weston-super-Mare were joined by the drone team, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) dogs unit and South West Ambulance Service (SWAST) Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to test their search and rescue skills during a training exercise on the beach.

The scenario involved the search and rescue of two “casualties” who were trapped on the beach. Buddy and Sally, AF&RS dogs, worked with the drone team to find the “casualties” near Knightstone Island in Weston-super-Mare.

Once found, two firefighters flew the hovercraft across the beach to deliver HART paramedics to the scene.

After a successful training exercise, Watch Manager James Coomber said: “These training exercises are a great way to ensure we have the skills we need to rescue those who find themselves in difficulty on the beach.

“I’d like to thank all the teams for their support today, and to our HART Ambulance colleagues for working with us on an effective and safe training exercise. As a service it’s really important that we continue to work closely with our partner agencies, so we can effectively respond and deal with incidents to keep local people and visitors safe.”