Ambulance staff provide support for firefighters while they tackled a large factory fire

Thursday 14th April 2016 – 9.40am – Murray MacGregor.

Specialist ambulance staff were called to support firefighters tackling a large factory fire in Shrewsbury in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters had been on scene at Stadco Ltd in Harlescott Lane in Shrewsbury for about an hour when they requested ambulance support due to the complex nature of the incident and the use of breathing apparatus.

Initially an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent and were later backed up by the Hazardous Area Response Team.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “All members of staff had been safely evacuated without incident, but ambulance staff remained on scene while the firefighters tackled the fire, which was in a restricted access area with the potential for chemicals to be involved.

“Ambulance staff were stood down at 4.45am after the blaze was safely brought under control.”

Blue light exercise

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Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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