Hampshire hosts international search and rescue event; the UK's largest urban search and rescue exercise was held last month at Fort Widley, Portsmouth, with USAR experts from around the world assessing the long duration exercise involving personnel from over a dozen fire and rescue services.(Urban Search and Rescue)

FOLLOWING THE POSTPONEMENT last year of the UK International Search and Rescue Event at Fort Widley, Portsmouth, crews from around the country gathered for one of the world's best long duration USAR training exercises.

Fort Widley is the ideal location for the Department for International Development's overseas USAR responders and is now also used as a classification assessment in accordance with new INSARAG guidelines, The event was organised by Hampshire's USAR team, overseen by DO Peter Crook. One of DFID's requirements is that this training encourages every overseas team to attend so that the investment in the event provides a benefit to every team.

The Event

The 'Widley Week' ran from Sunday March 5 to Friday March 10, and focused on a long duration USAR exercise (over 72 hours). …

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