Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue team were recently able to take full advantage of SHB's newly purchased vehicle hire workshop being closed for renovation.


The teams carried out a number of realistic rescue operations in the darkness throughout the site’s vast workshop and office space area.


The depot located on the Marsh Barton Industrial estate, Exeter is currently undergoing refurbishment works following its recent acquisition by SHB. The building provided the perfect setting for the Fire & Rescue teams to train under realistic conditions.


Mark Quick, Watch Manager for Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue team said:


“We are continually looking for locations that provide us with the most challenging and realistic environment. The SHB depot was perfect for us as and we are extremely grateful to them for allowing us to use their premises.


“Having the ability to train in these real conditions is priceless, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue are indebted to companies such as SHB for allowing us to train in buildings of this type as it provides us with all of the everyday issues that we could easily have to deal with”.


SHB, a national vehicle hire and management business were more than happy to accommodate the Fire & Rescue teams at the site which is currently being readied for full operations to commence at the end of the month.


“SHB were delighted to help both the Fire Service and one of our members of staff who is a retained Fire Fighter. Our new site at Grace Road East, Marsh Barton, Exeter, which is currently being refurbished, presented a challenging training environment which was unfamiliar to the Fire and Rescue teams”. Explained SHB’s Operations Director Rick Taylor.


“I would encourage other businesses to take part as the Fire and Rescue team play an important role in the rescue & safety of individuals both in the workplace and at home”.





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