Posted on 27 November 2018
On 20 November, we assisted Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service with carrying out a training exercise at one of our high-rise buildings - Harbour Tower in Gosport. The event was organised to test the local Emergency Continuity Plans, and provide local fire crews with the valuable opportunity to use new fire safety equipment issued to them following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower last year.
Our staff worked closely with Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Gosport Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire County Council, as well as energy suppliers SGN and SSE to plan the exercise.
Local residents were informed in advance about the planned training exercise, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service followed up by door knocking all residents in Harbour Tower to offer further advice around fire safety, and ensure they understand the building evacuation procedure.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager, Dean Hodges said: “Thank you to all the residents of Harbour Tower who have supported our training exercise. We thank Hyde for this excellent opportunity to practise responding to an incident of this type and scale. You’ve helped us with vital training as we continue to work with our partners to keep Hampshire safe.”
Our Group Chief Executive, Elaine Bailey was also in attendance to see the fire training exercise first hand, as well as take a closer look at the fire safety works being completed by Axis Europe. Elaine said: “We’re pleased to have worked closely with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to enable them to use Harbour Tower for this important training exercise. Keeping our residents safe is our top priority, and we are completing important works at Harbour Tower and our surrounding buildings to ensure we continue to deliver on this promise.
We’d also like to thank all our residents for their co-operation and all the partners who have supported this exercise and engaged with our residents.”
There are ongoing works at Harbour Tower and the four other Hyde-owned buildings in Gosport, to remove the cladding and reinstate. This work is managed by our Fire Safety Taskforce and contractors Axis Europe, and residents have been kept informed through regular communications including local drop in sessions. A “stay put” policy remains in place supported by a waking watch across four of the blocks and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have visited regularly to provide advice and support.