Emergency services major incident exercise in Wiltshire
10:40am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
EMERGENCY services, councils and the military have started a two-day exercise to test how they would respond to a huge plane crash on a residential area in Wiltshire.
The table-top training event code named Red Kite has been a year in the planning and is intended to show how the county’s agencies would work together in the event of a major incident.
Paul Williams, local resilience forum manager for Wiltshire and Swindon said: “Although it is highly unlikely that a major incident of this kind would actually happen in Wiltshire, it is really important that we are able to test our plans as part of mitigating the risks that we do have.”
He added: “This incident scenario has been kept secret from all the players who will find out what it is as the day develops but I can tell you that it involves a plane crash over a significant site and a residential area in Wiltshire. This will enable us to put our emergency plans into action and for agencies to respond in a coordinated way.”
The scenario will play out in real time with senior decision makers being given information through the day as they work out how to deal with the problems of mass casualties, disruption to services and dangers to the public.
Deputy Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “We live in an uncertain world and major incidents do happen. Thankfully, they are relatively rare in Wiltshire and Swindon, but we cannot be complacent and have to be ready to respond if such a situation occurs. Exercise Red Kite is a really good opportunity to test our readiness.”