Countryside partners with fire and rescue services at former industrial site in Wolvey

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Services

On Thursday 30th June, Countryside partnered with Warwickshire and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Services giving them access to a derelict building at our Kingmakers View development, on a former industrial site in Warwickshire, that played host to a dramatic live exercise.

The exercise enabled firefights and commanders to practice their response to a fire in a soon-to-be-demolished derelict building which is set to make way for 90 much-needed two, three and four-bedroom homes in Wolvey, Warwickshire.

The Fire and Rescue services based in Warwickshire and Leicestershire carry out vital work to prevent incidents from happening, limit their impact when they do happen and respond in the right way at the right time when needed and having access to live sites, provides challenging areas to train on with a variety of situations to practise.

Over 30 members of the regional Rescue Services took part in the live exercise which formed part of the Services’ continual development and were supported on the night by the Hinckley and Bosworth Ambulance First Responders. The simulation was used to test their response to a blaze where children were thought to be trapped inside an unfamiliar burning building.

Leo Feilding, Station Commander for Nuneaton Fire Station - Warwickshire Fire & Rescue said:

“We are grateful to Countryside for letting us use this building for this crucial training exercise. It is important to use a venue which isn’t familiar to our teams to make the simulation more realistic and to test the plans and procedures we use in the community, enabling our teams to put theory into practice in a safe environment.”

Michelle Dearsley, Group Health and Safety Director, Countryside commented:

“It is incredibly important that we keep our communities and the surrounding neighbourhoods safe both during the building process and in the years after.

“This sort of exercise enables our Emergency Services to test their well-established procedures, ensuring that they are well placed to continue providing their vital and life-saving services to the local community. It was a privilege to provide the teams with a realistic training location that provided a useful learning experience for both the emergency services and the Countryside team.”

The 90 high-quality new homes being developed on the site will include 18 affordable homes, 40 for sale on the open market and a further 32 for private rental, providing high-quality living environments for families in the area. For more information see  


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