Fire exercise planned for Victory

HMS Victory Credit: PA

Firefighters from Southsea, Cosham and Waterlooville will test procedures and emergency planning onboard Britain’s oldest war ship, HMS Victory, tomorrow.

The Hampshire crews will mobilise on the museum ship, which attracts around 350,000 visitors per year, as if a real fire was taking place.

The drill will study the best firefighting tactics to protect the historic vessel, as well as search and rescue and test protocols.

Dave Smith, group manager, said: "The Victory is a Portsmouth icon so we need to ensure the ship is protected and that local crew are familiar with its layout, and given the opportunity to asses procedures and test emergency planning in the event of an incident on-board the ship."