Cheshire Fire and Rescue Training Department run major rescue scenario training sessions for trainees, on-call and whole time firefighters. This department invites volunteers to play minor roles in the rescue scenario. Volunteers will be given a briefing before the exercise so that you know what to do and a de-brief following the exercise. It is essential that you understand and comply with all instructions given to you for the scenario, because these are an important part of the firefighters training.
Samples of scenarios are:-
Run from the entrance of a smoke house (using synthetic smoke), acting as a family member with relations still trapped inside. Be a bystander or walking wounded to a Road Traffic Collision, you may be asked to reinact the part of a casualty trapped in the vehicle requiring rescue. You may be placed on the first platform of a ladder tower, acting as having a broken leg (NB. a simulated casualty will be used for removal from the tower)
Standing by a simulated casualty inside the smoke house (using synthetic smoke) so that the searching team can pick up your position using heat seeking detection equipment. The simulated casualty will normally be used for removal from the smoke house. The role is interesting and flexible, but you would be committing to approximately 4 hours per month to help in simulation exercises. Confident out going personality with some drama experience would be very useful for this role, but is not essential. Able to get into character in a role play situation and to follow precise instructions. Opportunities throughout Cheshire and local Fire stations. Volunteers can take part in role plays at local fire stations or others across West Cheshire if they have transport.
Volunteers must be over 18, be prepared to get involved in an induction and training. The application process may take up to 12 weeks so be please be patient.