British fire crews training with obese mannequins as country gets fatter

Fire services with obese mannequin
Events like the Grenfell fire have shown emergency services need to prepare to help the morbidly obese. Photo credit: Caters

Fire crews in Britain have been pictured training with enormous mannequins weighing about 250 kilograms, to prepare for rescuing obese people. 

Caters reports the bariatric dummies are filled with a stone core and steel ball bearings in order to replicate the weight of a real unconscious person who is morbidly obese.

The move comes as the United Kingdom continues to get increasingly fatter, with a quarter of British adults now obese and Britain carrying the sixth highest obesity rate in the OECD. 

Interestingly, New Zealand is even worse, with the third highest obesity rate in the OECD. 

Fire crews training with the obese mannquins in Britain.
Fire crews training with the obese mannquins in Britain. Photo credit: Caters

Sarah Hampson, from the company which make the models, told Caters events like the Grenfell fire have "highlighted the need to come with a good evacuation plan" for overweight victims. 

"There's no point in having a plan if you're not sure you can carry it out. For example, a hospital could have an operating theatre on the fifth floor," Hampson says 

"If there's a fire, the lifts close and you've got somebody who's morbidly obese, what do you do?"

The cost of the over 250kg dummy is over NZD$3820, but Caters reports they are discounted for emergency services.

Newshub.