'Don't be alarmed': fire crews do high-rise training in Ipswich town centre

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A number of firefighters will be taking part in a training exercise in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

People in Ipswich have been told not to worry if they see a large number of firefighters in the town centre this evening. 

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is conducting a training exercise at the AXA building in Civic Drive from 7pm this evening (January 26). 

In a tweet Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: "Don't be alarmed if you see a large number of fire engines and firefighters in the vicinity of Civic Drive and Portman Road in Ipswich this evening.

"Crews are taking part in a training exercise at the AXA building from 7pm."

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: "Tonight’s exercise is the first of four we will be running over the next few weeks.

"We are bringing teams in from across the county to simulate responding to a fire in a high-rise residential building.

"Teams will be looking to exercise implementing safe systems of work, tackling the fire, ensuring residents safety, and working with partner agencies.

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"We would like to thank AXA for their support with this training exercise."