Mock crash tests emergency crews
EMERGENCY service workers and volunteers gathered in Gingin recently for a simulated plane crash exercise.
About 36 people from various agencies, including the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the RAC rescue helicopter, took part in the August 16 exercise at Gingin Recreation Centre.
Other agencies involved included WA Police, Gingin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Gingin South Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, the Shire of Gingin, Wanneroo Joondalup State Emergency Service and St John Ambulance (SJA).
Exercise co-ordinator Brad Slater said it was designed to test the local response to an aviation incident.
“The scenario centred on the pilot of a small plane en route to the Gingin Aerodrome experiencing major heart failure and the plane crashing with a total of four people on board,” he said.
The DFES north coastal district officer said the incident, which attracted onlookers, started about 5pm with notification of a small plane crash.
“Emergency services responded in accordance with mobilisation protocols,” he said.
“Upon arrival, the incident site was assessed as per operational procedures with resources committed.
“Casualties in the airframe were assessed initially by volunteer fire and rescue service brigade members.
“Once the crash site was declared safe, SJA officers were allowed access to begin treatment.”
Mr Slater said the Rescue 651 helicopter landed about 5.40pm, with the patients treated and the pilot loaded on to the helicopter for a transfer to Royal Perth Hospital.
He said after the exercise ended about 6.05pm, onlookers were allowed in and the crews explained their jobs.
Mr Slater said crash exercises were required every two years, with the air crash scenario identified as a potential risk for Gingin.
“It aims to assist the Gingin local emergency management committee with their emergency response plans,” he said.
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Top: Gingin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters Merv Neuendorf and Graeme Maitland-Smith with ambulance officers Irene Neville and Hannah Hart. Above: Patient Andrew Worthington with critical care paramedic Chris Oakes.