Exercise Southern Approach

09 March 2016

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Major incident training – Royal Air Force Coningsby

RAF and Lincolnshire Fire Services work in harmony during Exercise

On Friday 4 March, RAF Coningsby personnel, with several of our civilian emergency partner agencies, were involved in a Major Incident training exercise.

Exercise Southern Approach simulated a Typhoon aircraft crash and also a major fuel spillage. All of our emergency personnel were involved in the exercise which tested the Station response to a major incident. RAF Fire-fighters worked alongside their civilian counterparts from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

Royal Air Force Fire Personnel entering the smoke house.

Getting the chance to work with partner agencies was invaluable as RAF Coningsby Station Fire Officer, Flight Sergeant Dave Price said,

“The opportunity to have this size and complexity of exercise provides us all with an appreciation of how each service operates; this exercise was initially a military attendance with the Local Emergency Services response following shortly after the initiation of the crash alarm. The interoperability of those involved was clearly a priority to ensure the saving of life was paramount, this was confirmed by the manner which the communication between the military and civilian services was so effective at the time of operations. An enormous amount of enthusiasm was put-in by all involved with a huge amount of understanding being generated in the manner which each operates at a scene of this style.”

Foam pors onto the fire simulator at RAF Coningsby

There was a real fire in our training area to put smoke filled buildings and a range of situations to our personnel under pressure.

Squadron Leader Adam Booth, one of the Exercise Commanders, said

“This exercise was to test our emergency plan to destruction. It meant we could find any holes and learn from it to make it stronger for the future.”

Editor: Yvonne Masters

Photographs: Sgt Andy Benson, SAC Megan Woodhouse, SAC Jack Welson

RAF and Lincolnshire Fire Services work in harmony during Exercise Southern Approach.

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