WASP featured on UKTV documentary "Into the fire"

West midlands technical rescue unit deploy WASP to detect the impact of shock waves in controlled explosion of WW2 bomb.

A large world war two bomb was discovered in May of last year near major commuter routes in Birmingham causing two-day road closures and major travel disruption.

Now almost 12 months LATER the full operation is covered in season 1 episode 5 of the UKTV documentary series “Into the fire” which is currently being shown on UKTV’s “Really” tv channel. “Into the fire” follows west midlands fire service over a series of months showing what it is really like to be a firefighter in Britain today.

The bomb was discovered just 200m from the A38(M) Aston Expressway causing long delays for drivers, cancelled rail services and the evacuation of the surrounding area. As residents slept in a gym overnight police put a 500m cordon and exclusion zone in place while west midlands technical rescue unit deployed WASP to monitor the impact of the bombs shock waves during the planned controlled detonation.

The WASP or Warning Alarm for Stability Protection attaches to any surface in any position and is deployable in seconds – providing emergency service personnel with an immediate monitoring device for the area where they are working. The WASP provides protection to emergency service workers by warning of movement from 0.1º to 2.6º with an audible alarm and strobe light and has been adopted by fire and rescue services in more than 14 countries around the world.

The self-shot footage is supported by interviews with fire service personnel and supporting staff who attend a wide variety of emergencies including fires, road traffic collisions and rescues and the full episode featuring WASP can be found here 

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