Crash, rescue training at airport

EMERGENCY services personnel and volunteers simulated an aircraft crash and rescue, involving about 60 passengers, at Launceston Airport today.

A mock aircraft shell was set up away from the tarmac, while personnel including police, firefighters and paramedics descended on the scene.

Observers included the Australian Federal Police and airport staff.

Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting services, with support from Tasmania Fire Service, lit and extinguished a fire in a controlled environment and helped to evacuate passengers.

Personnel also co-ordinated a mock triage site, away from the crash.

Police set up a command point further down the tarmac.

The Red Cross also hosted a passenger reception centre inside the Royal Flying Doctor Service hangar.

Volunteers and staff tested the Red Cross ``Register.Find.Reunite'' service which registers, finds and reunites family, friends and loved ones after an emergency.

The biannual emergency training exercise aims to prepare first responders for a real-life air crash.

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