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Saturday, 27 February 2021 10:53

Evacuation assistance

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Callout 7/2021 - Exeter 06:00 27th February 2021

At 7pm on Friday evening we received a request to join various local resilience forum discussions which continued late into Friday night.
The conclusion was that 36 members of the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton team and a similar number of colleagues from DSRT Okehampton joined Coast Guard, Devon Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Devon 4x4 response and REACT volunteers to assist Devon & Cornwall Police with evacuating over 2500 thousand properties in the Exeter area due to the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb.
The team were deployed for around 4 hours this morning and supported statutory services by going house-to-house and engaging with householders and identifying those who needed assistance to leave their property.
An unusual and complex task that was a small part of a much wider effort with some extremely brave bomb disposal experts at the sharp end.
We are now stood down but the bomb disposal team are continuing their work to make the device safe.

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