ENGIE project manager Ian Reynolds

Energy, regeneration and service specialist ENGIE helped firefighters conduct basic training in Kendal.

With a crane at the center of an additional care system in Oxenholme valued at £ 15.2 million, which ENGIE is building on behalf of Housing 21, the site team supported the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service in conducting an intensive training evening for their crews.

ENGIE project manager Ian Reynolds was a sham victim, and White Watch at Kendal Fire Station simulated a rescue from the top of the 25-meter crane.

Ian was strapped to a stretcher and assisted by the team of 26 as they went through their systems and practiced the process they had to go through if they had to attend a real crane emergency in the future.

Ian said, “I was delighted that the ENGIE team was able to support the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service in delivering the essential training for their crews.

“There aren’t many opportunities for them to practice training on cranes as big as the one we have in Oxenholme. We were therefore happy to support them.

“As an experienced climber, I have a sense of heights, but I have to admit that being strapped so high up on a stretcher is pretty scary!

“But the fire and rescue team were absolutely great and model pros. It was great to work with the real local heroes of Kendal.”

Craig Hall, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Crew Manager, said, “We would like to thank ENGIE for giving us the opportunity to use their facilities to conduct our skills maintenance training. “