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Published: December 15, 2016

The first ‘Blue Light Day’ run at Pilgrims Academy provided an opportunity for personnel from the police, fire and ambulance services to experience for themselves the new state-of-the-art training facility.

Hailed a great success by attendees, the event enabled emergency responders to experience Pilgrims uniquely realistic and flexible facilities, complete with mock urbanised setting, replicating the real-life situations that they might experience as part of their day-to-day responsibilities.

Pilgrims COO, David Freear, said: “As a company, we take our corporate social responsibility very seriously and wanted to give something valuable back to the men and women in these essential services who work so hard in our local communities. We knew that, with our mock village, urban street scenes and use of actors, as well as vehicles and state-of-the-art special effects, we are uniquely placed to offer training that would be highly effective. It was a perfect fit.”

The day included opportunities for ideas in training, in areas such as rescues, medical emergencies, terrorist incidents and surveillance, with the aim to get feedback from the services on how they could use the facilities going forwards. It also gave those taking part the chance to learn about other ways of accessing training, including Pilgrims expanding portfolio of E-Learning training courses.

The feedback from those who took part far exceeded the organiser’s expectations, with all three services expressing strong interest in what Pilgrims is able to offer. They were very impressed with the facilities and the options they provided for their various training requirements.