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Blue Light Hub to include Crofton Engineering Fire Training Building

Created on Monday, June 18, 2018 and posted in Fire Fighting Articles,Industry News
Blue Light Hub to include Crofton Engineering

Milton Keynes Blue Light Hub to include Crofton Engineering Fire Training Building

The new £14 million fire, police and ambulance campus in Milton Keynes provisionally called the Blue-Light Hub is set to include a live fire training building designed and built by Crofton Engineering.

The joint facility under construction for Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority, South Central Ambulance Service and Thames Valley Police, is being built on a three-acre site at Thornbury, West Ashland and will be one of the first of its kind in the country. It is due to open in autumn 2019.

The three blue-light services will work and train together at the new building, which has been designed to provide state-of the-art facilities. The Hub has also been specifically designed to establish closer relationships with community groups and the public at large.

Blue Light Hub to include Crofton Engineering

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One of the largest and most up-to-date constructions that Crofton Engineering has recently been involved in, the project features a steel frame building, four-storey high rise training building and live fire smoke house. Features include a Raven interior with LPG gas props, a ground floor LPG kitchen fire with flashover and a first-floor bed fire. The facility will also have artificial smoke generation in addition to the live fires.

The comprehensive technical rescue training features include a specialist rope rescue, crane jib and high level platform and USAR training facilities including breeching and shoring for rescue from collapsed structure scenarios.

“The new live fire building at the Blue Light Hub is a first-class example of how fire services are designing the latest training buildings to provide a wide range of realistic and challenging scenarios,” says Glen Godfrey, director of Crofton Engineering. “With increasing collaboration and training together among the emergency services and other rescue organisations, the Blue Light Hub will offer state-of-the-art facilities for joint training in live fire, USAR and much more.”

The Blue Light Hub project follows Crofton’s recent completion of the high-rise fire training building with technical rescue and SWAH facilities for Surrey Fire & Rescue Service at Fordbridge Road in Ashford.

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