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Exercise Skyfall

The British Red Cross organised Exercise Skyfall a Casualty & Survivor Exercise held at the NEC Birmingham on Wednesday 23 October 2013.

The exercise tested the Emergency services’ ability to deal with a mass casualty incident involving casualties who were trapped and / or had multiple traumatic injuries. That had occurred as a result of an air-traffic collision into an exhibition hall occupied by a significant number of members of the public.  

Testing staff from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Ambulance Services, 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.  

Over a hundred people had volunteered to play ‘casualties’ and other people affected by such an incident. Feedback was provided by participants in what worked well and what could have been improved if this had been a real incident. This will feed into the multi-agency debrief.

A number of observers also attended the exercise as Umpires these included Sir Nicholas Young – Chief Executive British Red Cross, Jawaid Akhtar – Birmingham Resilience Team and Lucy Millington – St John Ambulance.

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