Coronation Street tram crash filming in Stevenage
Firefighters exchanged flame for fame when they appeared in a deadly Coronation Street trailer aired this week.
The six strong crew from Stevenage Fire Station all volunteered a day off to take part in the ITV trailer which shows glimpses of a much-anticipated episode in which a tram crash has a deadly impact on the street.
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Filming took place last month at the St George's Way station when the firefighters simulated an emergency call out to the accident.
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After many takes of sliding down the station fire pole, grabbing their gear and making for a fire engine, firefighter Lorraine Sadler said: "It's good fun. It's interesting to see the film crew and the process they have to go through."
The trailer also featured police cars from Stevenage Police Station as well as Stevenage ambulance crew from the East of England Ambulance Service who are based at the fire station.
Paramedics Vicky Brannan, Liz Dobb and Gary Sanderson were filmed loading kit into the back of an ambulance before racing off.
Vicky said: "The filming was a bit surreal and we all found it hard to believe that ITV were filming a Coronation Street special in our ambulance station. It was a great day. It took several hours to film and seeing the finished article on television makes it all worthwhile."
Billed as the most dramatic in the soaps history, the episode entitled 'Four Funerals and a Wedding' is due to air on the show's 50th anniversary next month.