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Rescue teams in border air crash exercise

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By Fiona Reid
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Rescue teams in border air crash exercise

A MAJOR exercise, involving almost 160 members of the emergency services, has been taking place near the Scotland - England border.

‘Exercise Impact Borders’ was centred on a forestry area around Hell’s Hole, between Bonchester Bridge and Newcastleton, and had a scenario of a military aircraft crash.

Moffat Mountain Rescue Team, although not involved on the ground, took part in a table top exercise linked to the ‘crash’ response.

An RAF team worked with emergency services from both sides of the border, including Police Scotland, Northumbria Police, fire and rescue and mountain rescue teams.

The three-day event, which concluded on Thursday, was designed to test a multi-agency response to such an air crash.

James Coles, deputy leader of Moffat Mountain Rescue Team, explained their colleagues from the Borders and Tweed Valley teams were involved on the ground.

He said: “We were involved in the planning element in a tabletop exercise. We would work closely with all the other services in the case of such a crash.”

Long serving members of the current Moffat team took part in the response to the 1988 Pan Am Jumbo Jet disaster at Lockerbie.



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