Video: Reporter attempts Beckton fire training centre’s ‘tunnel of terror’

12:32 14 August 2014

London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade's state of the art training facilities that have recently opened in Beckton. Janine Rasiah journalist for Newham Recorder.


Urban Search and Rescue responders are honing their skills at the newly opened London Fire Brigade training centre in Beckton.

Recorder reporter Janine Rasiah visited to see whether she had what it takes.

London Fire Brigade's state of the art training facilities that have recently opened in Beckton.London Fire Brigade's state of the art training facilities that have recently opened in Beckton.

I’ve always seen myself as a bit of an action girl but crawling on my hands and knees along a 45-inch high tunnel proved to be a reality check.

Although it doesn’t help that my fetching boiling suit and workman boots combo was rather, shall we say, oversized, I can hardly blame my loose helmet rattling against the makeshift ceiling for the ensuing waves of claustrophobia.

And that’s before Simon Redferry, a USAR trainer-reponder, points out the realistic greying hand artfully hidden in some rubble, prompting me to shriek back to photographer Ellie.

It’s not the most comfortable of experiences (I felt like I could do with an oxygen mask at several points) but it’s an interesting insight into the working conditions of the highly specialised team tasked with carrying out complex missions to rescue trapped victims, as well as a clear indication that it is not for the faint hearted.

Turning around in the narrow space in order to make my escape might have proved challenging yet returning to lungfuls of fresh air was more than welcome.

Read more:
Video: Inside London Fire Brigade’s Beckton training centre


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Blue Tit salon (Picture: Suzy Bennett

A brand new hair salon has opened in Stratford’s East Village.

Local residents: Adriana Tripon, Mary Smith, Jorge Martins, Fatima Zeroud and Jenny Johnson waiting at the bus stop outside Capital House in Stratford.

Residents fear an ongoing route diversion could sever their link to vital community services – especially if it becomes permanent.

Principle of Newham College, Di Gowland, (centre) with students and staff in a construction class which could be axed if cuts go ahead

The principal of a further education college has expressed concern that government cuts to funding will reduce choice and lead to higher unemployment rates for young people.

Newham College
East Ham Town Hall

If you, a friend or a family member is struggling with mental health issues, there is a chance to find out about the support available.

Newham Council

Most read news


You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

Read more
You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Read more

Digital Edition

Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder