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Simulation: Students play a part in air crash rescue exercise

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

  • DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD: A Duchy College student plays the part of a victim of the simulated air crash.

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DUCHY COLLEGE students simulated an air crash on Dartmoor as part of their lessons for the day.

The exercise simulated a full-scale search and rescue mission in the event of an air crash, with the Duchy College Stoke Climsland students acting as casualties, before being evacuated off the moor via helicopter.

The group, studying rescue and emergency management, took part in Exercise Indigo, which involved the Army, search and rescue crews, police, fire and ambulance crews.

Michael Rose, programme manager for the foundation degree in rescue and emergency management said: "This is a great opportunity for the students to be involved in a multi-agency rescue simulation.

"They'll be right at the core of the events on Dartmoor, which will give them the opportunity to experience this kind of scenario first-hand, which is exactly what this course is about. Our overall aim is to create students with employability skills and being involved with Exercise Indigo enables them to build contacts and relationships with the emergency services."

First-year student Louise Lowe said: "I loved being involved in a huge multi-agency exercise, a great opportunity to learn from professionals."

Adrian Sawyer, a second-year student, said: "It was a great opportunity to take part in a live exercise involving highly trained and specialist search and rescue agencies; it has really helped put my studies into context."

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