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Mid UK to host fire tests

A Lincolnshire-based recycling company is to host exercises at two of its sites to test the responses and processes in dealing with a major fire.

The exercises will be held at Mid UK’s recycling sites at Ancaster and Caythorpe on 31 January.

The first will be a fully integrated multi-agency approach to a mock fire at Caythorpe. It will involve local emergency services, councils, parish councils, the Environment Agency and public health agencies.

As part of the exercise, the agencies will co-ordinate their response to hone responses to future incidents and assess what improvements could result.

That evening a live exercise using four fire engines is planned for the Ancaster site.

Chris Mountain, managing director at Mid UK, said: “Having had fires at our sites in the past, we are keen to make sure we have every possible plan in place to minimise the impact of such an event should it occur again.

“Since the fires we experienced, we have invested heavily in fire prevention and fire suppression systems. However, you can never be complacent, so hosting this type of exercise allows the agencies involved to test their procedures, while allowing us to test ours at the same time.”

Dan Moss, deputy divisional commander south division at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “During the past few years, we’ve had a number of incidents at recycling centres which have caused significant issues and disruption to the local community.

“We need to learn from these incidents to ensure we have comprehensive, robust and reliable plans in place should another incident occur.

“As well as allowing us to create detailed prevention and contingency plans, the exercise will enable us to test how we can work efficiently and effectively to deliver solutions for the affected community – whether this is health warnings, help for livestock or details of road closures.”

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