Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Firefighters rescue trapped muntjac deer at The Port Of Felixstowe

Emergency workers from the Port of Felixstowe were called on Christmas morning after a passer-by heard "crying noises" which ended up being a trapped muntjac deer.

Police officers and firefighters responded to the reports just after 8am on Christmas Day in Fagbury Road, Felixstowe. 
Kevin Cartwright, who works as a firefighter and ambulance technician in the Emergency Response Department at the port, said a member of the public "thought they heard what sounded like a woman crying and called the police".
He continued: "After investigating a small muntjac deer was found to be trapped between two containers.
"Firefighters from The Port of Felixstowe assisted Suffolk police and port police to rescue the animal using vehicle extraction equipment."

Mr Cartwright says the team used hydraulic spreaders and chocks - which are normally used in road traffic collisions - to move the two containers apart allowing the Muntjac to escape.
A spokesman for Suffolk police added: "We were called at around 8am to reports of a deer stuck between two containers at the Port of Felixstowe. 
"Officers from Suffolk police attended but handed over to the Port of Felixstowe police."
Mr Cartwright said the deer would not come out whilst they were nearby, so crews left it alone to come out in its own time safely.

In my opinion along with many others - this is one of the most respected & needed sections at the Port Of Felixstowe

To simulate the recovery of a crane driver who had experienced a medical event and was unable to extricate themselves from the crane trolley


Available to respond to incidents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our multi-skilled Fire and Ambulance team are always on call. The team are trained in all aspects of firefighting, emergency rescue and paramedic services. Port Emergency Services teams co-operate frequently with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and the East of England Ambulance Service to ensure the quality of service on the port, and to support the seamless handover of responsibility for incidents to local emergency services if required.
In addition to dealing with emergency situations, we also proactively support the wellbeing of our employees through the work of the Occupational Heath team. They offer a comprehensive health service for both employees and other companies operating from the Port of Felixstowe.

Would like to thank Port of Felixstowe Ambulance crew (rig 200) who were amazing when they took me to Ipswich Hospital A & E last Saturday morning as I became very ill. I'm at home now recovering. If you know the 2 ambulance men could you please pass on this message. Thank you.

 The Port of Felixstowe Ambulance Crews are true heros who came to our rescue a few years ago but not forgetting the brilliant staff who man the phone lines while you are so desperate while waiting for the crew to arrive !

We are extremely lucky to have them so efficient, they came to me when I fell out the conservatory door & broke my ankle, & have been to hubby as well.

And on the behalf of my father who suffered a stroke last week they where at my parents house within minutes and totally took fantastic care of my scared parents I too thank them from the botton of my heart 

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.


A rare view of the Port of Felixstowe Fire & Ambulance Service responding to an AFA on site. The Port of Felixstowe is a privately run, industrial fire service that provides fire protection and EMS for the Port of Felixstowe complex, its buildings and its workers. 
**Apologies for the movement at the end, I was moving out of the way of the oncoming van!***

These people are the unsung heroes at The Port Of Felixstowe. Without this section on the Port that is funded fully by the Port Of Felixstowe we would ultimately have a lot more deaths on the port. 

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