A planned emergency fire evacuation exercise is being held at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton on Wednesday 4 September 2013.
Designed to help nurses and doctors practice an emergency evacuation of a hospital ward, in a controlled and safe environment in a ‘real life, real time’ situation, the exercise will also involve North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency services.
Stewards will advise patients, relatives and visitors of the activities taking place on the day and ensure there is minimal disruption to the normal running of the hospital.
For realism the planned emergency evacuation will see around 30 hospital and military personnel acting as patients and staff trapped in a smoke-filled ward on the top floor of the hospital. No patients will take part in the exercise and patient care will not be disrupted.
The exercise will start at 10am and should be complete by 12.30pm. There will be three fire engines in attendance at the exercise and an aerial ladder platform which allows fire fighters to work at height.
The bus route through the hospital site will be re-routed on to Bullamoor Road on the morning when the exercise is in progress. There will be temporary bus stops in place and the route will be restored as soon as the exercise is complete.
Emergency planning manager and Friarage Hospital manager, Donna Jermyn, said: ‘We want to make people aware of what is happening at the hospital during the exercise so they are not worried.
“I would like to reassure patients and visitors this training exercise for staff and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, is to ensure we have the best practices in place should a fire break out in the hospital.”