New Training Facility for Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)

NWAS HART has recently completed the first phase of developing a new training facility based at the Ashburton Point site. The facility consists of a bespoke safe working at height training tower along with 2 x 30ft containers.

Phase one of the project sees the design, fabrication and erection of the training tower and the delivery of the containers which has now been completed. The tower stands some eight metres tall with several different climbing ladders and three platforms, giving a variety of options to test the teams when working at height.

HART Team Leader, James Woodsell said: “The facility will greatly enhance the team’s ability to train in a range of realistic scenarios. Hopefully this will also provide benefits to both our multi-agency partners as well as our PES crew colleagues in developing their knowledge and skills in this area.”

Phase two of the project will now see the containers further developed, one into a confined space rescue facility with crawl spaces and difficult extrication routes whilst the other will be a multi-purpose domestic facility able to simulate realistic incidents such as Illicit Drug Laboratories or Individual Chemical Exposure (ICE) formally chemical suicides.

Head of Special Operations, Joe Barrett said: “To be able to develop a training facility such as this is excellent news and demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to supporting staff in realistic training for their roles. I would like to express my personal thanks to the team for the hard work they have put in to this project over the last 12 months.”