Paramedics, Firefighters, Police and other emergency services came to North Weald Airfield on Tuesday 27 October to take part in ‘Exercise Kingsway‘.
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Exercise Kingsway recreated a large scale multi car pileup involving a number of cars, heavy goods vehicles, a mini bus and even a horse trailer. Exercises like these are vital to see how our emergency services operate and work together in disaster situations. To add realism over 60 students were used as casualties, acting highly distressed to distract the services and make it hard for those at the scene to priorities the injured.
The exercise was overseen by experts, there to see how the services combined and dealt with the disaster, ensuring the best possible outcome for the patient in a real life situation.
With the M25 and M11 running through the heart of the Epping Forest district we know incidents do occur. Allowing the services to train together and work as one, we hope to ensure they have all the skills and tools necessary to tackle these large scale incidents.
We would like to thank the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust for organising the exercise and all the participants including
- East of England Ambulance Service
- Essex County Fire and Rescue
- Essex Police
- The Hazardous Area Response Team
- BGJ Heavy Rescue
- BASIC Essex Accident and Rescue
- British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care
- The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
We would also like to thank all the students from Anglia Ruskin University, University College London, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the London Medical School and of course North Weald Airfield for use of the airfield.
These training exercises are vital in the continual training of our emergency services allowing them to carry on saving lives.