Crews in aeroplane crash rescue exercise

HaywardsHeath exercise
HaywardsHeath exercise

An aeroplane crash in Haywards Heath was the scenario for a number of crews in Mid Sussex who took part in an emergency exercise.

Crews from Haywards Heath, Turners Hill, Hurstpierpoint and Barcombe participated in the event, which happened within the Haywards Heath Air cadets’ headquarters grounds in Eastern Road.

Matthew Myerscough, watch manager at Haywards Heath Fire Station, said: “This type of exercise is vital for the continual development of our firefighters, to ensure that the skills they currently have are maintained for operational readiness for the real thing.”

The scenario was a light-aircraft crash. The plane had crashed on a school playing field and had a large amount of people on the ground, with four people trapped inside. The air cadets also kindly provided around 25 ‘casualties’ for the event.

The objective of the exercise, organised by crew manager Mark Butler, was to test various operational procedures, practical firefighting skills and ‘cross border’ working with East Sussex Fire and Rescue.

Matthew added: “A lot of work and planning was involved by crew manager Mark Butler to ensure that the exercise was a success.

“He made the aircraft crash scenario as realistic as possible by lighting small fires and organising for the Air Cadets to act as casualties.

“With Mark’s planning skills and the resources from the Air Cadets the exercise was extremely beneficial for all crews participating and will go a long way to ensuring our fire crews are prepared for a similar incident should it occur.”