Bomb disposal experts look to the Humber for fire safety training

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Aug 2017

HUMBER-based HFR Solutions CIC has recently delivered fire awareness and fire safety training to a sub-unit of 33 Engineer Regiment, one of the Royal Engineers’ specialist bomb disposal units.

The full service emergency response provider, safety team, risk prevention and workplace safety specialist – a division of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service  – trained a group of 55, comprising of civil servants who work and operate alongside the military as explosive ordnance searchers, and military personnel as part of their community engagement initiatives. 

As a result delegates have increased their knowledge and understanding of what constitutes best practice fire safety procedures.

The 33 Engineer Regiment receives mandatory annual fire prevention training in the form of an internally delivered scripted Powerpoint presentation, however as it was delivered by an external fire prevention specialist on this occasion, Staff Sgt Jamie Lister, Troop Commander, felt this helped to add creditability.

Staff Sgt Jamie Lister

The Explosive Ordnance Clearance Group is a UK-based specialist unit providing a vital surface and sub-surface search and locate service. The role is to identify potential unexploded ordnance contamination, and render safe any live threats in order to provide safe spaces and areas for military and public usage. 

This annual training is essential to keep the civil servant explosive ordnance searchers operating safely in their essential duties protecting the public by clearing the UK of unexploded ordnance.

Two separate interactive sessions were delivered by the HFR Solutions’ lead medical practitioner. The blended style of learning with a question and answer session encouraged candidate participation which made the whole experience more enjoyable.

Staff Sgt  Lister said: “We would like to express our extreme gratitude to the HFR Solutions CIC team for delivering training to 33 Engineer Regiment. HFR Solutions CIC not only managed to deliver the training with expertise and enthusiasm, they also carried the credibility that can only be gained by professionals who are intensely knowledgeable within their field of expertise. 

“As a troop commander, the training co-ordinator and operations senior non-commissioned officer for Explosive Ordnance Clearance Group, the delivery surpassed my expectations, I am delighted with the quality of the service delivered to our team.”

HFR Solutions CIC’s community interest initiatives range from the proactive basic life support and first aid Heartstart program that enables communities to learn and administer first aid in the event of a real-life situation, to the installation of defibrillators at various rural fire stations throughout the community. 

The organisation also delivers a breakfast seminar focusing on improving the safety of the workers when undertaking working at height and in confined space environments. Activities like these help to meet the HFR Solutions CIC vision of making our communities and places of work safer.

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