International delegates take part in wildfire exercise

WILDFIRES can cause devastation to livestock, habitats and the economy.

This week specialists in the field travelled from 11 countries to join Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service for a special wildfire workshop.

During the week, which is part of a European-funded project, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service led two field demonstrations.

The fire service worked in close partnership with the Northumberland National Park Authority to identify suitable locations and develop realistic scenarios based on common situations encountered by firefighters tacking wildfires.

On Thursday, the last day of the visit, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service ran an exercise near Linhope in north Northumberland, to demonstrate the use of a high volume pump unit and a mobile command unit during a wildfire incident.

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