Firefighters on Russian ship

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE fire crews had the chance to explore a Russian cargo ship to improve their knowledge of fires on ships.

Firefighters from Wisbech Fire Station took part in the visit on a ship that transports timber from St Petersburg and collects scrap metal from Wisbech to deliver to Spain.

Management of the ship allowed fire crews to explore different areas including the engine room, bridgehead, motor room and numerous holds.

Jasper Vidot, based at Wisbech, said the trip was important.

He said: “The visit was invaluable in seeing first-hand the numerous fixed installations and fire suppression systems they have at their disposal, as well as the location of maps and plans of the ship and their procedures in the event of a fire – both with regards to firefighting and our considerations for use of water and the ship’s stability.”

Fire crews from across the county regularly take part in risk visits to a range of premises to increase their knowledge and build relationships with local organisations and businesses.