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What We've Been Up To: June 2023

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

Last month, we were busy assisting our clients with their emergency preparedness, providing confined space and work at height support, hosting networking events on our community canal boat, saving members of the public, and much more. Our team of experts are updated on the latest industry regulations and work closely with clients to ensure they remain compliant. We will continue to work closely with our partners and community members to sustain these efforts and achieve our vision of making the Humber region a safer place to live and work.

Evero Emergency Rescue Team Provision

HFR Solutions assisted Evero, formerly known as Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, with ensuring that their emergency preparedness standards are appropriate for their site risks. The Evero team contacted Solutions to develop the competence of their team in time for their August outage.

Shaun Lyons and Tony Fill ran a Working at Height & Medium Risk Confined Space Rescue two-day bespoke course, with day two taking place at Energy Works Hull. Shaun Lyons commented: "The newly qualified emergency response team performed fantastically and will be an asset to the business".

Triton Knoll Wind Turbine Technicians

Great to have assisted Triton Knoll with their apprentice selection process by assessing their working at heights capabilities. Instructors Mark McKenzie and Georgia Moy lead RWE's Wind Turbine Technician Apprentices on a Working at Height taster session on our 20m mast. Our training enables these young professionals to have future progression within the wind and wider renewables industry. Apprentice Wind Turbine Technicians are expected to work effectively at height, climb towers for inspections, troubleshoot, or repair equipment.

RWE Renewables' Production Manager, Neil Elliott, commented: "Many thanks for all your support, definitely think our 4 new apprentices enjoyed the experience."

Our GWO training ensures that delegates have the knowledge and skills they need to work safely at height. View our list of GWO courses here.

Humber Business Week

In celebration of Humber Business Week, we hosted the Celebration of Social Enterprises Networking Event on our community canal boat, Tilly, in collaboration CERT Consultancy and HEY Business Growth Hub. As one of the leading social enterprises in the Humber, HFR Solutions CIC have brought key social enterprises together to network and experience the magic of Tilly.

Community Canal Boat

two men sat on the upper deck of a community canal boat

We've hosted numerous days out on our community canal boat, Tilly. It's been great to hear that all our lovely guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

  • Winterton Academy: "A massive thank you! Staff and students had an amazing time!"

  • Shed on the Isle: "Thanks to the crew for a fantastic and relaxing day on Tilly 19th June 23 that was enjoyed by all who took part. All those members that said they were not interested are now very much regretting it."

  • Men in Sheds: "On behalf of The Humber Men in Sheds Alliance, I would like to thank the crew of the ‘Tilly’ community canal boat for a lovely day trip out on June 19th, and for their hospitality onboard. Everyone had a fantastic day!"

Do you know of any charitable and non-profit making community groups who would benefit from experiencing a journey on Tilly? Get in touch today!

Saltend Chemicals Park, px Group Exercise

We recently carried out a joint exercise with HFR Solutions, px Group and Humberside Fire and Rescue to test the facility and the site emergency response on the px Saltend Chemical Park. The exercise tested the internal and external agencies based on a major chemical leak within an onsite tank bund with casualties.

The principles of METHANE and JESIP were the main objectives while providing the opportunity to test and train on an upper tier COMAH site. The exercise was planned and proved challenging for all parties involved but the positive outcome and feedback showed how worthwhile the effort in ensuring this took place. HFR Solutions planned all the relevant details and the feedback from px was that this has been a valuable learning for all involved.

The Emergency Services Show

emergency services show logo

The UK’s award-winning Emergency Services Show takes place at NEC Birmingham on 19-20 September 2023. The two-day event brings together thousands of emergency services professionals from police, fire & rescue, ambulance, search & rescue, and voluntary professionals from the emergency services sector to discover innovative technology and operational solutions, share their experiences and unite in their collaborative approach to public safety.

Instructor Mark McKenzie, Business Development Manager Shaun Lyons, and Marketing Coordinator Isobelle Edmondson will be in attendance on the 19th. We will be showcasing our new Rope Rescue Operator and Rope Rescue Supervisor courses, as well as our brand new enhanced medical course, ROAMER.

See you there!

Turbine Demolition

Keltbray contacted Solutions requesting work at height and confined space rescue support for a fire-damaged wind turbine on Cargill's Hull factory. Our team are assisting with the nacelle, hub, and spinner removal, with each blade weighing just over 8,000kg.

The wind turbine, located at Cargill's Hull factory, set on fire back in August 2022, prompting a huge emergency response. It is thought the fire is likely to have been triggered by either an electrical or mechanical fault. The huge turbine was installed in early 2008 by the site's then owners Croda International after securing planning approval the year before. At the time it was Hull's first large wind turbine.

Boy, 4, revived by HFR Solutions personnel whilst holidaying in Turkey

man with his son on holiday in turkey

HFR Solutions ERT member, Craig Smith, made headlines this month after reviving a 4-year-old boy. The boy was found unconscious at the bottom of a pool, whilst holidaying in Turkey. Craig was assisted by his 10-year-old son, Lewis.

Craig said: “We were by the pool and it was a normal day. I had gone back my room briefly which was close by. My wife Ellie was with our three boys at the pool when Lewis shouted he had found something at the bottom. He thought it was a piece of rubbish or something initially but as he dived under he realised it was a child. Lewis managed to pull the child up while Ellie and others pulled the young boy out. As a firefighter, I am trained in CPR so they shouted for me and I ran out. The boy was medically dead at this point. He had no pulse and wasn’t breathing. But after giving the boy CPR we managed to get the water out of his lungs and then he was coughing and breathing.”

Belton Kitchen AED

AED community defibrillator Belton Kitchen

Training Instructor, John Armson, was the first responder on scene after a woman sadly attempted to take her own life in Belton. Runners passing by pulled the woman from the water, just in time for our trained medical professional to arrive and access the community defibrillator outside Belton Kitchen. HFR Solutions had previously funded and installed a public-access defibrillator, as well as running numerous AED and Heartstart training sessions at the Kitchen. Luckily, the defibrillator didn't need using on the woman, and she was subsequently taken to hospital.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can save the lives of individuals who experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). They are compact and easy to use, with audio and visual prompts that guide non-medical professionals through the process of delivering a shock to the heart. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm which is crucial for reducing the time between SCA and defibrillator. Immediate use of an AED can increase survival rates by up to 70%. AEDs are widely available in public areas, making them an essential tool in emergency response and community health and safety.

We are currently in the process of supplying 11 further defibrillators in and around the Humber region.


We are determined to build on the momentum from June in the coming months and will continue to make the Humber region a safer place to live and work. Get in touch if any of our services are needed by yourself and/or your organisation.


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