28 June 2019
The Jersey Reds rugby team has joined the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service (JFRS) for an interactive training session ahead of the 2019-2020 season.
The 32-strong rugby squad were put through their paces by the JFRS’s Blue Watch, in a session involving a number of simulated rescues.
Under the guidance of the firefighters, the team had to work together in a series of timed exercises to save casualties from a smoke filled house, a four-storey building and an underground chamber.
Jason Betts, Crew Commander of Blue Watch, commented: "We were delighted to be approached by the Jersey Reds to be part of their pre-season training. The exercise proved to be both great fun and hard work for all involved, and we hope the initiative will help to increase awareness of the Fire and Rescue Service."
Harvey Biljon, Director of Rugby for the Jersey Reds, said: "Pre-season is really tough for professional rugby players and having the opportunity to observe them working together outside of their comfort zone was great for the coaches. I have no doubt that the players learnt a lot about themselves and team mates.
"Please can I thank the Fire service for the time and effort they put in, I know that the team was really impressed with how organised they are and it definitely gave them a different perspective on teamwork."
A video of the exercise will be posted on the JFRS Facebook page.