Suit up to sup­port fire ser­vice

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

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[email protected]­

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