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Special effects add to the realism of Essex fire brigade training exercise

PUBLISHED: 14:46 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:46 23 October 2015

Exercise Bill from Essex County Fire & Rescue Service saw a former police station filled with smoke for training

Exercise Bill from Essex County Fire & Rescue Service saw a former police station filled with smoke for training

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Brightlingsea’s former police station was filled with smoke and special effects for an Essex County Fire & Rescue Service training drill.

Exercise Bill from Essex County Fire & Rescue Service saw a former police station filled with smoke for trainingExercise Bill from Essex County Fire & Rescue Service saw a former police station filled with smoke for training

Exercise Bill simulated a major incident with officers and prisoners missing.

A special effects company provided smoke machines and lighting rigs to add realism while fire crews from the town, West Mersea, Tollesbury and Tiptree carried out a search for before tackling the fake blaze.

Leading Firefighter Dave Bond said: “The exercise went really well, everyone learned a lot and found it very useful. You couldn’t see more than a few inches in front of you.”

The building is now owned by the town museum, who agreed to the exercise before refurbishment begins.

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