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Blackall mock plane crash

Blackall students at mock plane crash.
Blackall students at mock plane crash. Contributed

BURNING cars and injured teens came together to help pull off a successful mock plane crash for the Blackall Tambo Regional Council at the Blackall airport on Tuesday.

Emergency service units from Blackall Tambo worked together to react to a simulated air crash with police, ambulance, firefighters, community service workers and SES all involved.

High school students from Blackall State School acted as patients receiving treatment for burns and other injuries, while mannequins were used as potential casualties.

Cars were set on fire and students were removed from a bus to the safety of SES-constructed tents where mock injuries and psychological concerns were dealt with.

Blackall Tambo Regional Council chief executive Ken Timms said the simulated air crash went well.

"All the groups got very involved in it and the comments are that this was the best one in 10 years," Mr Timms said.

"The school children enjoyed themselves because they observed how emergency service bodies worked.

"A simulated Qantas flight crashed on the site with 19 passengers sustaining fake injuries and mannequins for the dead."

The fire department used their apparatus to pull one of the vehicles apart as though it was a plane, while the SES put up tents for casualties and controlled traffic.

Blackall Tambo Mayor Barry Muir said simulated crashes were essential for emergency services and the council.

"There are always valuable lessons to be learned from these simulations," Cr Muir said.

 

Mr Muir said the council's disaster management plan was about to be audited and things would be taken on board from the simulation.

Topics:  blackall, fire, plane crash, police, tambo


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