Flying partnership hosts Exercise Canary

Staff at a water treatment facility along with firefighters were put through their paces for a simulated emergency exercise.

Teams of staff from Anglian Water’s Grafham Water site along with fire crews from St Neots, Huntingdon and Cambridge took part in Exercise Canary, which aimed to test Anglian water’s response to an onsite chlorine leak.

Fire crews worked alongside Anglian Water response teams to isolate the leak and vent the bulk chlorine store. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service then provided decontamination for both Anglian Water and fire crews. The Service’s incident command unit was also set up with body cameras successfully tested within gas tight suits.

Watch Commander Jon-Paul Jones, St Neots Fire Station, said: “The exercise proved to be a good training session for not just experienced firefighters but also for eight new recruits who attended. Everyone worked together well and it was a great success with lots of valuable learning on all sides.”

Amy White, Anglian Water’s Emergency Planning Manager, said: “Exercise Canary was a great training exercise and valuable experience for Anglian Water’s emergency response team. It highlighted how well all the agencies work together when responding to an incident and ensures the operational teams are familiar with their emergency colleagues which is all important if a real emergency does arise.”

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service regularly organises exercises with local businesses, organisations and groups to keep skills up-to-date and build partnerships in the community.

The exercise took place on February 10.