A large road traffic collision, involving many vehicles, occurred on a busy carriageway on the outskirts of Telford on the evening of Thursday 28 May 2009. In fact, it was the latest in a series of training exercises to be carried out using the internal roadway system within the MOD complex at Donnington.
The incident involved a large goods vehicle, several saloon cars and a motorcycle, with casualties trapped inside three vehicles and a motorcyclist lying seriously injured on the carriageway.
Appliances and crews from Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Market Drayton, Wem, Wellington and Tweedale together with West Mercia Police, West Mercia Ambulance Service and St Johns Ambulance were tasked with dealing with the incident.
The exercise had been devised to test a multi rescue agency response to a major incident particularly command and control between each of the services involved. Crews had to work in difficult conditions and had to deal with a number of realistically made up live casualties.
All staff taking part approached the exercise enthusiastically, resulting in the exercise aims and objectives being successfully completed. Further exercises are planned in order that all stations have the opportunity to be involved in realistic training and to work alongside colleagues from other emergency agencies.