Exercise Georgiana got under way in Claypole this morning with dozens of volunteers acting as survivors of a derailed train which then crashed into a school.
A class of pupils from Claypole Primary School joined in the exercise as they were ‘evacuated’ to the village hall which was used as a survivor reception centre. Year 5 teacher Kate Summerfield said: “They are really excited about it and what to know exactly what is going on.”
‘Survivors’ of the crash were ferried in vehicles, driven by volunteers of the Lincolnshire 4x4 Response group which helps the emergency services, to the village hall where they were registered and cared for. The Red Cross, amateur radio network Raynet, county council and British Transport Police are also involved in the exercise.
Each ‘survivor’ was given a role to play. German-born Stefanie Hey, who lives in Claypole and is a teacher at the local school, put her name forward as a foreign speaker. It was her role to play a foreigner who could not speak English well and who had lost her brother in the crash.
Stefanie said: “It is quite challenging. They do not really know what to do with somebody who speaks a different language. They have given me a booklet but there is nobody here to translate for me. It is very interesting and I am getting into the role.”
Run by the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, the full-scale exercise will test Lincolnshire’s plans for dealing with a serious crash.
Earlier today a train crash exercise took place at RAF waddington involving emergency services.
Anybody interested in joining Lincolnshire 4x4 Response can get more details from their website at www.lincolnshire4x4response.org.uk