PORT OF FELIXSTOWE FIRE AND AMBULANCE SERVICE
Port of Felixstowe.
The Port of Felixstowe is still one of the largest container ports in Europe, therefore it requires a specialist dedicated team of emergency services personnel that can be prepared 24 hours a day to deal with any incident they face in such a diverse and challenging environment.
Based at a dedicated emergency services hub within the port, firefighters and paramedics provide a 24 hour response to the port, and to their local authority colleagues within the local area.
The firefighters are constantly training to a high standard so they can respond rapidly to an incident to provide specialist skills such as line rescue, hazardous materials response, and marine based incidents such as ship fires to mention just a few. The crews attend combined multi-agency exercises with their local authority colleagues at Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and with other agencies such as the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust. Firefighters are in constant contact with combined fire control though a shared radio network and can be mobilised to incidents off the port if required to provide support to local fire crews based at Felixstowe fire station. They can be called 24 hours a day to attend road traffic collisions and vehicle fires on the A14 and dock spur areas, and provide additional support in the town if required.
The Port of Felixstowe fire and rescue fleet currently comprises of a 2010 built Mercedes-Atego MK2 fire appliance with TVAC bodywork. The appliance can carry up to six firefighters and is fitted with the latest Interspiro breathing apparatus sets, two hose reels, specialist cutting and stabilisation equipment, a 13.5 and 9 metre ladders, and chemical decontamination. This Mercedes-Atego fire appliance is the first response firefighting vehicle for the port, however when required the emergency response team also have ford produced dedicated chemical and rapid intervention vehicles to provide additional equipment and personnel support.
In addition to the firefighting vehicles, the emergency response hub also has two fully kitted frontline ambulances and a fast response car that provide a 24 hour medical response to the port, Felixstowe, and the surrounding areas when called to assist colleagues in the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.