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'Disaster' on the A12 shows fire crews how they would cope

Crews battle to rescue the casualties. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire crews battled to rescue a number of people trapped in a car precariously positioned half way down a ditch on the A12 - as part of an exercise to see how they would cope with a major road crash.

The simulation, which was carried out at Lexden, involved more than 15 Essex firefighters from nearby Colchester and Manningtree.

The cars involved in the crash were in a position that not only put their drivers and passengers at risk but also created a complicated environment for the crews to work in.

Crews battle to rescue the casualties. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

"The exercise was a huge success and allowed firefighters to train alongside our specialist Urban Search and Rescue team in a scenario that involved heavy lifting and rescuing casualties.

"Crews also had the opportunity to use rescue equipment from one of our new heavy rescue pumps.

"We all learnt a lot from the exercise, which was complicated because the vehicles involved had left the road in precarious positions. "

– Sub Officer Stephen Smith, White Watch.
Crews battle to rescue the casualties. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service.