THERE were a few concerned faces as smoke started to plume out of the currently closed Rock Point Inn in Lyme Regis on Tuesday evening.
Luckily there was no fire and the dramatic scenes were all part of a major training exercise, with crews from Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Axminster and Seaton working together.
The pub and adjoining kebab takeaway – which were closed last year having been sold to St Austell Brewery and are set for complete refurbishment – were filled with smoke and five fire and rescue appliances were quick to arrive on the scene, with crews later carrying several ‘casualties’ out of the building to be checked over by the ambulance service, which also took part in the exercise.
Dorset & Wiltshire, Devon & Somerset and Hampshire fire and rescue services all now operate from the same control centre, and when a 999 call comes in the nearest appliance will be sent to the incident no matter which county it’s in.
Crews from across the counties come together for major joint training exercises, such as the one seen this week in Lyme, about four times a year.