Cumbria’s firefighters underwent a training exercise and two callouts recently.

On the night of Monday, June 10, crews from Milnthorpe, Arnside and Kendal fire stations took part in a multi-pump breathing apparatus training exercise in Heversham.

“The training scenario was a disused building that had caught fire with an unknown number of casualties Inside.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus (BA), had to enter the building through fire service entry control procedures to locate and extinguish the fire and carry out search and rescue operations, in a building with a complex layout, to look for and rescue any casualties,” a spokesperson from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said.

They added: “Every firefighter wearing breathing apparatus that enters a risk zone, for example, a building fire, has to go through the entry control board.

“This board is linked to all the BA sets and helps the entry control officer in the yellow and black tabard, monitor the air usage that the firefighters are using, and also can alert the enter control officer if any firefighting teams need assistance.

“Training venues and scenarios like this really help us to fine tune our skills to provide the best service possible.”

When they got back they were called out to a report of a building fire in Grange over Sands, which turned out to be controlled burning.

Crews were on the scene for 10 minutes before going back.

The second callout was early yesterday morning at 3.45, which saw them deployed to Kendal to assist crews there, but were stood down en-route and returned.