The Reach and Rescue Pole and accessories were used at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue yesterday.
Devon and Somerset F&R, through a partnership with Rescue 3 (UK) have courses that are available through the Training Academy’s Access & Rescue School. The Academy is a specifically designed facility which offers practical experience in realistic training environments. In addition it has access to the River Dart Country Park, which is an outstanding water training venue. This is the preferred training venue for swiftwater rescue training courses, as it offers exceptional training facilities and is situated on the River Dart, one of the premier white-water rivers in the UK. The River Dart is a natural river and has many natural features as well as changing water levels, both of which provide an excellent learning environment. Within the grounds of the Park itself is a section of river, which includes two weirs one of which is where the reach pole was used, as well as a leat-fed freshwater lake, which is used for basic (still), water training.
We would like to thank Ben Weedon and his team from DSFR for giving us the chance to come and see and take some photos of the poles in use.