Stand in for training

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THIS PICTURE proves football fans are not the only people to experience the highlights at Fleetwood Town.

Firefighters have been looking for ways to perfect rope drills since their training tower was demolished in May to make way for a new £2m pound state-of-the-art facility.

The new station is due for completion in summer 2012 with personnel and equipment operating out of temporary accommodation on part of the site.

Neil Taylor, station manager at Fleetwood Fire Station, said: “We have been very fortunate that Fleetwood Town have allowed us to use the ground.

“We’ve been using the rope rescue pack and it’s mainly used for high level rescues.

“The old station, and some of the training facilities were demolished earlier this year, hence the need to find off-site facilities.”

Club chief executive Steve Curwood welcomed the emergency crew.

He said “The fire station and Highbury are close neighbours and we have a very good relationship with the team over the road.

“A number of the crew members are regulars at matches and it’s only right we stepped in when Neil called.”