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Level crossing warning at Rescue Day

Visitors to a special Rescue Day have been getting up close and personal with the emergency services in North Lincolnshire.

The centrepiece of the event was a rail crossing specially built at the site in Crowle for the event. It was aimed at showing first hand the devastating effects a collision at a crossing can cause. With the holiday season coming it is hoped it will encourage drivers not to take risks at crossings.

Emergency services re-create level crossing smash

Wreckage of a car after level crossing accident Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Network Rail is taking part today in a live demonstration showing the devastating impact of a level crossing vehicle accident and what is involved in rescuing those involved, at Rescue Day 2014.

Organised by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, 7 Lakes Country Park, Humberside Police and other organisations, Rescue Day 2014 is a public event which allows visitors to witness, first-hand, major emergency services in action.

One of the main demonstrations this year is based on a re-enactment of a level crossing incident, where a train has collided with a car towing a caravan.

A car on its side after level crossing accident Credit: ITV News

It is thought to be the first public demonstration of its kind, acted out away from the railway. A realistic level crossing scenario – which includes 200 tonnes of ballast (stones that support the track), 100 rail sleepers and 150m of rail track – has been installed at the Rescue Day site.

A train has been delivered by Heanor Haulage and a level crossing, with a road crossing the tracks, has been installed by teams from Network Rail and VolkerRail. The railway team has also installed a pedestrian level crossing to help demonstrate to visitors how vital safety is at crossings.

Vicki Beadle, community safety manager at Network Rail, said: “We are very pleased to support this event and to show people what amazing jobs our staff, and the emergency services, do in extraordinary circumstances.

“Promoting safety on the railway and especially at level crossings is a key focus for Network Rail. Events like this are a fantastic way to get that safety message across as, unfortunately, people continue to take risks when crossing the railway.

“We’re looking forward to meeting as many people as possible at the event and encouraging them to stay safe near the tracks.”

Now in its seventh year, Rescue Day has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the world. As well as showcasing the various organisations’ great work, the event is also to highlight how important safety is when on water, road or around fire and on the railway.

Five treated for smoke inhalation after Beverley fire

Five people were treated for smoke inhalation after a blaze at a house in beverley early this morning.

Three people had escaped the blaze at the property in Newton Drive by jumping from a first floor window. Two others hescaped by using a ladder.

All five adults a 48-year-old man, 49-year-old woman, 24-year-old man, and two 20-year-old women were treated for smoke inhalation, four of them at Hull Royal Infirmary. The 49-year-old woman was also treated for a suspected broken ankle.

Firefighters tackle water treatment plant blaze

Fire crews spent the morning tackling a blaze at Saltend Waste Water Treatment Works in Hull. They got the call at around seven A.M. No-one was injured and fire investigators are now trying to figure out how it started.

An odour control unit was damaged, though the much larger, three point five million pound odour unit that was recently commissioned continue to operate as normal. Calendar spoke to Phil Leake of Humberside Fire and Rescue about the blaze


Video: Unions fear cuts could cost lives in Yorkshire

The Fire Brigades Union is warning that planned cuts to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service could put lives at risk and lead to station closures.

Union leaders say the service could be forced to lose between 50 and 60 frontline firefighters in the next year.

The possible job cuts come as the Local Government Association claims fire services across the country could lose 600 million pounds of funding in the next five years.

Residents given "toxic cloud" all clear

People living in East Hull have been told they can now leave their homes after firefighters have safely reduced a huge toxic cloud which was drifting over the area following a massive fire at a plastics recycling unit.

The blaze broke out after 1.30am at the plant in Helsinki Road on the Sutton Fields Industrial Eastate and at its height more than 60 firefighters were tackling the blaze and local residents were told to remain indoors and keep doors and windows shut.

Roads around the recycling plant were closed for several hours but have now re-opened.

Toxic cloud force residents inside

*Residents in east Hull have been ordered to remain indoors after fire broke out at plastics recycling unit causing a huge toxic black cloud. *The blaze broke out in the open at the recycling plant in Helsinki Road on Sutton Fields Industrial Estate, Hull.

Members of the public, particularly those in the East Hull area where the smoke is moving to, are advised to close their windows to prevent the smoke from entering their home. Sixty firefighters are tackling the blaze