On the 1st of September around 40 firefighters in Auckland, New Zealand attended a 4th alarm training exercise in a disused supermarket in Browns Bay Auckland. The building measured 30 x 40 meters with many different challenges inside from shelves to closed doors and other obstructions.
The exercise was attended by volunteer units from Kumeu, Silverdale and the North Shore. These units were backed up by paid units from, Takapuna and East Coast Bays Fire Service. A specialist unit from Auckland central also attended. The exercise was based on a building fire with explosions and a strong smell of chemicals. Arriving crews were told that there was a fire in the building with some illicit work going on. The exercise was also deemed as “Person Reported” but crews were unaware of the status of the patients or even if they were actually were in there.
The objective of the exercise was to locate the victims, extinguish the fire and deal with the clan lab that was inside, and get emergency decontaminated. St John Ambulance were also in attendance to deal with the possible patients.
The training crew threw some curve balls at the ambulance crews which they were able to deal with appropriately and decontaminated themselves and the patient’s. The New Zealand Fire Service don’t attend many big fire events as they did 30 years ago so with training event s such as this they can put into practise what they know in theory such as, multiple entries, Command and Control, BA Skills and Search and Rescue etc. The exercise was a great success with all the tasks achieved in a timely manner.
Many thanks to Sam Sword for the video and text.