Cambridgeshire fire crews explore Russian cargo ship

Wisbech fire crews visit a Russian cargo ship to learn more about fires on ships - photo by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Wisbech fire crews visit a Russian cargo ship to learn more about fires on ships - photo by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Cambridgeshire fire crews had the chance to explore a Russian cargo ship to improve their knowledge of fires on ships.

Firefighters from Wisbech Fire Station took part in the visit on a ship that transports timber from St Petersburg and collects scrap metal from Wisbech to deliver to Spain.

Wisbech fire crews visit a Russian cargo ship to learn more about fires on ships - photo by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Wisbech fire crews visit a Russian cargo ship to learn more about fires on ships - photo by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Management of the ship allowed fire crews to explore different areas including the engine room, bridgehead, motor room and numerous holds.

Firefighter Jasper Vidot, based at Wisbech, said: “The visit was invaluable in seeing first-hand the numerous fixed installations and fire suppression systems they have at their disposal as well as the location of maps and plans of the ship and their procedures in the event of a fire, both with regards to firefighting and our considerations for use of water and the ship’s stability.”

Fire crews across the county regularly take part in risk visits to a range of premises to increase their knowledge and build relationships with local organisations and businesses.