North Yorkshire Wildfire Group Exercise Pippin

March 28, 2012

Rural Development Initiatives, the company which operates the Yorwoods Woodland Initiative, organises the North Yorkshire Wildfire Group (NYWG).  As part of the training development for the NYWG the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service organised a wildfire scenario exercise on 22nd March.  The Wildfire Group is a partnership of public and private sector organisations including the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Moorland Association, Natural England, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities and the landowners, agents or gamekeepers of moorland or upland estates.

The partnership is has been promoting and facilitating the creation of uniform Fire Plans for the county’s “At Risk” land which is predominately moorland.  Incidents of uncontrolled fires are becoming an increasing issue within the UK with climate change, land management practices and increased access all playing a part.

Incident Command Vehicle at Scar House Reservoir

Based from a specialist Incident Command Unit deployed to Scar House Reservoir in Nidderdale Exercise Pippin provided a ‘dry exercise’ to test the information held to date, communications, liaison and the organisation of resources which would have been deployed in a the event of a real wildfire.  The exercise demonstrated to Fire and Rescue command and control staff the types of terrain, practical issues and wildlife scenarios they may be faced with when a moorland wildfire occurs.

If you would like to know about the activities of the Group please contact Ben Scotting on 01765 609355 or ben.scotting@ruraldevelopment.org.uk

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