This is why the fire service aerial platform was by the river in Truro

This is why the aerial ladder platform was out by the river in Truro this morning.

Motorists and pedestrians in Truro may be forgiven for wondering whether a serious incident was ongoing in Truro city centre this morning after the fire service’s aerial ladder platform was spotted near the river by the Tesco superstore.

Two fire engines, including the aerial ladder usually associated with high rise flat fires or cats in trees, were spotted near the Hawkshead outdoor shop shortly before 10.30am.

Green watch manager Mark Sherris said the ladder was out on a training exercise so his crews can better respond to incidents involving people stuck in the mud in the river or anything under the Morlaix Avenue bridge.

The Cornwall Fire and Rescue aerial ladder platform was out by Truro river this morning.

He said: “We’ve had incidents here before involving people stuck in the mud. Several years ago this gentleman in a mobility scooter fell down where the bollards now are by the steps leading down to the water and we used the platform then.

“We train regularly on the platform. It’s a great tool that allows us to reach quite far out across the river and check under the bridge.”

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has two aerial ladder platforms. One is permanently located in Newquay due to the presence of many hotels in the popular coastal resort.

The other one is based in Truro, but both will be dispatched to any ‘high rise’ incidents anywhere in Cornwall.

The aerial ladder platform is used by the fire service to access areas which are difficult to reach, such under the bridge at Morlaix Avenue in Truro.

Watch manager Sherris said: “The only high rise flats we have in Cornwall are Park House in St Austell and the Royal Cornwall Hospital, which has a high rise building.

“Anything above seven floors would be considered high rise and we would automatically send the aerial ladder platform.”