Last week Assistant House Steward Lizzie attended an Emergency Salvage training course at Dudley Community Fire Station.
As an open house museum with significant architecture and collection it is essential for Osterley to have plans in place in case of an emergency. The emergency plans include information such as contact details of people who can be called in to help, maps of water sources, documentation to be filled in and priority items that need to be rescued, to name a few.
The course covered vital information about how to prevent emergencies from occuring, as well as action to take when they do.
As well as the usual presentations and case studies, the training included practical experience of staged events, such as an example of water coming through a building that the trainees were required to divert away.
The trainees also entered a smoke filled building wearing breathing apparatus to gain an understanding of the conditions the fire service often have to work in, and therefore how clear emergency plans need to be.
The final practical was a simulated fire, with trainees required to react to the incident by putting the emergency plans into place, salvaging the priority objects and treating the vulnerable items.