Almost 300 people participated in rescue operations connected to a mock plane crash at the local airport in the Westman Islands on Saturday. The exercise revolved around rescuing 40 people who were in a plane that caught fire after a failed landing.
“This exercise will be useful when we have to help a group of people who are in an accident,” Hrafnhildur Brynja Stefánsdóttir, information officer at the aviation service Flugstodir (ISAVIA), told Fréttabladid.
ISAVIA cooperated with the Icelandic Coast Guard, the Civil Protection Department, 112 Emergency Service, the Red Cross, search and rescue teams, fire departments, health care workers and others who are involved in emergency services.
The exercise took around three hours and was considered successful. “We are always becoming better and better prepared for an accident,” Stefánsdóttir said. “The kids who were actors in the last exercise said the reactions had been much quicker this time.”