Heage Windmill ‘rescue’ is plain sailing for fire crew

Firefighters taking part in a fire drill at Heage Windmill.
Firefighters taking part in a fire drill at Heage Windmill.

A ‘rescue’ at an historic windmill proved to be plain sailing for fire crews.

Firefighters carried out a training exercise at the 220-year-old Heage Windmill recently.

The ‘casualty’ was set up inside the mill cap at the top of the windmill, and the crew used a special stretcher to lower them down through the small square hatch normally used to lift bags of grain.

Alan Gifford, trustee of Heage Windmill Society, said: “Thanks are due to the crew of lads and lasses from Alfreton who carried out the exercise and who, incidentally, quite enjoyed an unusual experience. And we hope they never have to come for real.”

The windmill is open during 2016 between 11am and 4pm, every weekend until the end of October.