Stu­dents in emer­gency ex­er­cise at air­port

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

AN EMER­GENCY ex­er­cise put Lough­bor­ough Col­lege at the cen­tre of an air­craft in­ci­dent sce­nario in­volv­ing 200 peo­ple at East Mid­lands Air­port.

As ‘news’ came in that an air­craft had crashed on the run­way, emer­gency ser­vices and teams at the in­ter­na­tional tran­sit hub in­clud­ing po­lice, paramedics and se­cu­rity were joined by pub­lic ser­vices and per­form­ing arts stu­dents from the col­lege, role-play­ing pas­sen­ger ca­su­al­ties and rel­a­tives need­ing treat­ment and des­per­ate for in­for­ma­tion.

“We were briefed ahead that we were just off the air­craft and our job was to fol­low spe­cific in­struc­tions in pre­sent­ing our­selves to the ser­vices in at­ten­dance as a va­ri­ety of in­jured and dis­tressed pas­sen­gers,” said Tim Turner, pub­lic ser­vices lead at Lough­bor­ough Col­lege.

“Our stu­dents had learnt about this in lessons but the ex­er­cise ex­posed them to a com­pletely dif­fer­ent level of prac­ti­cal knowl­edge, en­abling them to gain an ex­cel­lent in­sight into the needs of peo­ple in­volved in ma­jor in­ci­dents and to see a range of ser­vice roles in ac­tion on the ground, be­ing as­sessed on the vi­tal skills they need in such sce­nar­ios.”

Vicki Calvert-Gooch, per­form­ing arts lec­turer at Lough­bor­ough Col­lege, added: “For sev­eral hours we were play­ing the rel­a­tives of pas­sen­gers wait­ing for news of our loved ones, nat­u­rally be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dis­traught as up­dates kept com­ing in on the emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

“The stu­dents were fan­tas­tic, never break­ing their char­ac­ter once. They re­alised the im­por­tance of ev­ery­thing seem­ing as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble. This is cru­cial train­ing for the emer­gency ser­vices and air­port staff and it was great to be able to sup­port that.”

Lough­bor­ough Col­lege stu­dents in the emer­gency ex­er­cise at East Mid­lands Air­port.

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