OPERATION FRESCO, BRISTOL, NOVEMBER 2002 [Allocated Title]
Royal Marines and other service personnel take part in Operation Fresco at Horfield Fire Station in Bristol, providing emergency cover during a firemen's strike.
At Horfield Fire Station, Commandos amuse themselves as they wait for a call: playing Monopoly, watching television, reading, playing chess; other Marines staff the Operations Room. Interview with Band Corporal Martin Andrew, a member of the Royal Marines Band Service; he explains the role of the personnel at the station, and the various organisations (army, Royal Marines etc) involved. View of one of the aging Bedford "Green Goddess" army fire tenders that have been brought back into service during the strike. Inside, Marines eat a hot meal prepared in the station's canteen. Interview with Lieutenant Nicholas OC Commanding the temporary Fire Service Station at Horfield, describing the Bristol emergency set-up, the number of call-outs and the capabilities of the Green Goddesses. Outside, one of the Marines practices with the "jaws of life" heavy duty metal cutting apparatus. Interview with Marine Dashbrook of the Royal Marines Fire and Rescue Team, normally based at Whale Island in Portsmouth; he is a member of one of the fire teams, and is wearing his fireproof suit and helmet, describing his experiences at call-outs. Operations Room: large map of Bristol on the wall. Further scenes of the Marines relaxing; police officers are also present. Night: call out to an incident, a car on fire. Hoses are attached to fire hydrants; two are trained on the burning vehicle. Some of the personnel are wearing high visibility vests with "Royal Navy" in reflecting letters on the back. The fire is brought under control. The crew then attends another incident, a suspected house fire; hoses are set up but no blaze is found.