SLIDESHOW: District fire crews brush up on skills

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Fire crews from across the Five Towns brushed up on their skills during a practice exercise at the Xscape entertainment complex.

More than 60 firefighters took part in a mock fire and evacuation at the Glass Houghton site last week.

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Firefighters hold emergency exercise at Xscape, Glasshoughton.'p330a349

Crews from Pontefract, Castleford, Normanton, Featherstone, Rothwell and Garforth took part in the exercise, one of just two such events held in West Yorkshire this year.

Gary Kendrew, operational learning manager at West Yorkshire Fire Service, said: “The exercise went really well.

“The crews dealt with the incident efficiently.

“The Xscape complex is known as a fire-equipped building which means there are specific water pipes which can be used when fighting a fire.

“The crews picked up on this and the local knowledge of how the complex works was really good.”

Firefighters were given the scenario of a fire on the second floor of the leisure complex.

Around 20 training dummies were placed across the complex and firefighters successfully rescued them.

Mr Kendrew added: “It’s really important that we do these exercises and learn from them.”

Mr Kendrew thanked the Xscape staff for allowing the crews to use the facility.