Suit up to support fire service
THE emergency services are looking for at least 150 people to wear swimsuits and be washed down this weekend.
The unusual request is all in aid of a massive disaster training exercise in the Cotswolds.
Firefighters are asking volunteers to act as casualties for a decontamination trial at the training college in Moreton-in-marsh on September 28.
It will mean taking off outer layers of clothing and getting very wet, so swimsuits will be essential.
Volunteer casualties will be divided into groups to be decontaminated and some will shower in special structures with warm water. Others will do the same with cold water outside, possibly more than once.
A small number of people will be painted with a small amount of a harmless fluorescent substance that can only be seen under UV lights, so the research teams can evaluate the exercise afterwards.
But it’s not all work as fire service bosses promise that volunteers will have access to warm, dry indoor facilities with refreshments and lunch.
Anyone interested can contact station manager Kevin Adcock at kevin.ad[email protected]fire.gov.uk