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McCarthy Stone’s new Waveney Place Retirement Living development in Harleston recently kept the development working out of hours to support the local Harleston Fire Service in their crane rescue and simulated rescue training. 

Waveney Place, which is currently still under construction, stayed open into the evening in order for the fire service to be able to complete their simulated crane rescue training, which included a rescue procedure done at height, and also a simulated rescue operation where the fire officers had to rescue four dummies located in different areas of the development. 

The training exercise came about after Site Manager Colin Brand invited the fire team to use the development for their simulations, he and trainee Site Manager, Nathan Alden were on hand to support the fire service at the development, staying into the night. Harleston locals were also invited to come down to Waveney Place and view the fire service in action.  

Simon Golby, Watch Manager at Harleston Fire Station, said: “We’re extremely grateful to McCarthy Stone and Colin for letting us use the site at Waveney Place to keep our officers up to speed on their training. These training exercises are vital to making sure our officers are experts in recovery and rescue and it helps to keep the whole community safe.”

Colin Brand, Site Manager at Waveney Place, said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome the local fire brigade into our development to take part in a couple of training exercises. Keeping our development open is something that is so simple for us, but for the fire service it is so helpful to make sure they receive all the training they need. It was also great to see so many people coming to watch the training and I’m sure they would have learnt a thing or two.”