Shropshire fire crews prepare for large scale blaze: firefighters turned out in force to Shropshire's largest food storage depot in a major exercise launched to prepare them for any future large scale blaze.(Operational Assurance)(Brief article)

A TOTAL OF 60 FIREFIGHTERS IN TEN fire pumps arrived at the Grocontinental compound in Whitchurch Business Park--one of the largest freezer stores in Europe with 90,000 palletts stacked to the roof with food from across the world.

The exercise, in which firefighters wearing breathing apparatus sourced a fire in one of the huge 200ft by 200ft compounds, involved crews from Whitchurch, Hodnet, Newport, Wellington, Baschurch and Oswestry.

Cross-border support also came from Chirk firefighters who have linked up with their Oswestry counterparts as part of an English and Welsh firefighting agreement recently signed by both fire chiefs.

Firefighters had to feel their way through the blackened compound to locate the blaze in between metal storage pallets containing tonnes of Canadian cheese while at the same time carrying out a 'rescue' of three missing workers trapped inside the 70ft high building. …

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