Fire drill at Canterbury Cathedral (UK)

A peek at Canterbury CathedralOn February 2009 more than 100 firefighters took part in a fire drill at Canterbury Cathedral on a Monday night. Fire crews from all over the Kent arrived at the building for a practice run at tackling a blaze in the roof of the building. The cathedral was chosen because of the challenges it presents to firefighters from its immense height and size.
Firefighters from both Canterbury and Herne Bay fire stations took part and nine from Whitstable had to suck water from the River Stour and get it to the seat of the pretend blaze using their new £500,000 high-powered pump (which  can shift 8,000 litres of water a minute Рthe equivalent of four fire engines working at full capacity).
Crews set up equipment in roads around the cathedral including Buttermarket, Burgate, Mercery Lane, High Street and The Parade.
Twenty-five firefighters using turntable ladders and wearing breathing apparatus gained access to the roof through the front of the cathedral’s tower.
They made their way along the top of the building through the roof space, dragging hoses with them until they could douse the area that was “on fire.” Fake smoke was used to identify the areas on fire.
Cathedral safety manager Jim Morley said: “We hope this practice will never have to be used during a real blaze but the fires at York Minster and Windsor Castle have shown constant vigilance and training is needed when caring for ancient buildings.”

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