By Cathy Elelman • 11 April 2019 • 12:00
COORDINATED RESPONSE: Medical teams, firefighters, law enforcement agencies and psychologists all took part in the accident response simulation.
CREDIT: Facebook Emergencias 112 Andalucia @E112 Almeria
EMERGENCY services practiced preparations for a disaster scenario at Almeria airport yesterday, staging a simulation of the coordinated response to an air accident.
Ambulance crews, medical teams, firefighters, police, Guardia Civil, Civil Protection, the Red Cross and the Emergency Psychology Intervention Group were all involved in the run through of actions in the event of this kind of emergency situation.
The simulation was organised by the Andalucia regional administration, the AENA public company which manages Spain’s airports, Almeria city council and the sub-delegation of the Government, and coordinated by the 112 Andalucia Emergencies service. It envisaged a plane coming down on the outskirts of the La Cañada airport with 16 passengers and four crew on board.
Junta de Andalucia delegate in Almeria Maribel Sanchez underlined the importance of coordination and cooperation between the different emergency services and administrations in the event of a real air disaster. The delegate said simulations of this kind were essential for ensuring a “rapid and effective” response.
Sanchez praised the professionalism of all those taking part in the exercise, and also the “humanity and dedication which guided their actions”, commenting that the simulation had put particular emphasis on assistance to accident victims and their families.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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