Nearly 50 firefighters took part in a four-hour exercise at Stowe School to put emergency procedures to the test.
The exercise was carried out during the school’s half term yesterday, Sunday, and the imagined scenario was a fire affecting the basement and ground floor of Stowe House.
Emergency vehicles used included fire engines, a water tanker, a turntable ladder and a mobile command unit.
It involved crews from Buckingham, Winslow, Bletchley, Great Holm, Aylesbury, Haddenham, Brill, Princes Risborough and Chesham, as well as a high-volume pump from Oxfordshire, representatives of Thames Valley Police and staff from Stowe.
Bucks Fire & Rescue Service maintained fire cover throughout Bucks and Milton Keynes by implementing standby moves to other stations for some of the crews who were not taking part, and by calling in on-call crews, whose availability peaks at weekends.
Crew commander Kieron Thomas, from Buckingham Fire Station, who organised the exercise, said: “Partnership working is at the forefront of modern-day emergency services, so the exercise was beneficial to all parties.
“Exercises of this type enable us to put our procedures to the test in challenging and realistic scenarios, and to make sure they are correct, precise and fit for purpose.
“We constantly modify and improve them to make sure they are robust and effective in the event of a real emergency.
“I would like to thank Stowe School for working with us, and everyone who took part. Also a big thank-you to Waitrose in Buckingham for making sure that all participants were well refreshed throughout!”