College students from Kettering help out in fake “aeroplane accident” scenario

Students from Tresham College helped out the emergency services by acting as victims during an accident scenario
Students from Tresham College helped out the emergency services by acting as victims during an accident scenario

Students at Tresham College transformed themselves into victims of an air accident for a training exercise for firefighters and other emergency services last Wednesday (May 6).

The college’s plane fuselage was used by crews to recreate the evacuation of passengers from an aircraft which had been forced to make an emergency landing.

Students from Tresham College helped out the emergency services by acting as victims during an accident scenario

Students from Tresham College helped out the emergency services by acting as victims during an accident scenario

A spokesman for the college said 60 students who are studying travel and tourism and uniformed public services, were able to get involved by acting as casualties.

She added: “The exercise provided a realistic scenario of a passenger aircraft that had been forced to make an emergency landing.

“The plane fuselage was filled with smoke and the 60 ‘passengers’ needed evacuating.

“Due to the nature of the staged landing several passengers sustained injuries with a number of passengers and cabin crew needing rescuing. The Fire and Rescue Services dealt with fire associated with an aircraft, rescue of passengers and handling the large numbers of people in a distressed state.”

The training involved fire crews from Corby, Kettering, Rothwell and Moulton as well as the St John Ambulance, Northamptonshire Police, Police Cadets and Northamptonshire Fire Dogs.

Mick Berry, Kettering Fire Station Manager said: “This exercise has given us an opportunity for a realistic and controlled training session with a multi-agency approach.

“We have been able to bring three of the main services together for a beneficial training exercise and to work on our partnership and interaction. It also gave Tresham the opportunity to allow their students to test their procedures and skills they’ve learnt on their courses.

“We often complete training exercises at our fire stations but are constantly looking for new local venues.”