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Exercise Skyfall – British Red Cross

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The British Red Cross are organising Exercise Skyfall a Casualty & Survivor Exercise to be held at the NEC Birmingham on Wednesday 23 October 2013 and they need your help !

The exercise will serve the purposes of:

Testing the Emergency services’ ability to deal with a mass casualty incident involving casualties who are trapped and / or have multiple traumatic injuries. This has occurred as a result of an air-traffic collision into an exhibition hall occupied by a significant quantity of members of the public.  

Testing staff from West Midlands Police, the local authority and voluntary sector agencies in the establishment and running of a facility to facilitate major incident documentation and look after the welfare of survivors and witnesses and friends and family of those injured.  

This will run as a live exercise in real time.

All participants will need to arrive at a location (TBC) at the NEC, Birmingham at 08:30 hrs for a briefing and for those who are to play casualties, the application of casualty make-up.  In some cases this may be quite extensive. The exercise will end at approximately 15:00 hrs inclusive of a debriefing and evaluation. During the event you will be supplied with a lunch pack.

>      Prior to the exercise you will receive by email a briefing sheet detailing more exactly the operational plan for the exercise.

 >      Volunteers will play the part of either members of the public who have travelled to NEC to collect people from an event, or those who are either in the exhibition hall or on-board the flight that crashes into the hall.  All participants will be extremely distressed by this and will exhibit a mixture of panic and crying accompanied by highly charged emotional demands of staff to request information. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience first hand how this situation would be dealt with by emergency services and also venue staff and the techniques / resources deployed to deal with this. Those with injuries will be briefed on the signs and symptoms to exhibit.

>      The exercise will take place both in and out of doors.

>      Under 18s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult, and a parental consent form available on request from Ade Powney will need to be completed prior to the exercise.

>      Refreshments will be provided on the day and you will receive a certification of appreciation for your involvement and any out of pocket expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

>      If you have never done anything like this before, I promise you an interesting experience.  This exercise will be of particular interest to students of paramedic science, medicine, nursing, aviation, and / or emergency planning, or those (such as drama students) wishing to gain technical casualty acting experience. 

>      An actual disaster could be devastating ‑ our goal is to be as prepared as possible through the testing procedures related to mass casualties.

>      If you would like to participate or require any further information, please contact Adrian Powney directly  


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