Crash sim­u­la­tion near Ali­cante air­port

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - News Feature - Ibodnarec@cb­

By Irena Bodnarec AN EX­TREMELY well or­gan­ised ex­er­cise that had taken months of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion took place yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) at Elche Busi­ness Park, not far from Ali­can­teElche air­port, with stu­dents from Ali­cante Univer­sity act­ing as vic­tims.

In the crash sim­u­la­tion, fire trucks used 5,000 litres of wa­ter a minute. The var­i­ous staged ac­ci­dent sit­u­a­tions in­cluded over­turned ve­hi­cles, col­lapsed build­ings and a crashed plane with trapped vic­tims - although this was not a real plane. Snif­fer dogs and emer­gency he­li­copters also landed on nearby ground to evac­u­ate the se­ri­ously in­jured.

All emer­gency ser­vices were also in at­ten­dance - fire­fight­ers, am­bu­lance work­ers, Cruz Roja, Na­tional Po­lice, Guardia Civil, Army and Civil Pro­tec­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives, all of whom were ob­serv­ing and mak­ing notes.

Con­sular staff from Bri­tish, Nor­we­gian and Swedish con­sulates were also in at­ten­dance. In to­tal, 508 peo­ple and 157 ve­hi­cles were mo­bilised for the sim­u­la­tion.

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