Disaster drill at Oban airport

Fire crews bringing a simulated fire under control, in a disaster exercise by the new fuel tank at Oban Airport. Pictured is Kirsty Wright from Lismore She is attached to the Lismore fire unit but works in Appin. Photograph Kevin McGlynn.

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Oban Airport simulated a fuel fire and plane rescue on Saturday in its biennial disaster drill with emergency services.

Airport staff have trained for many scenarios, such as aircraft colliding or ditching into the water, but this year the test involved a small fire that had broken out near the new fuel installation, and two planes queuing to refuel.

Five ‘passengers’ (two dummies and three actors) were rescued, and their imagined injuries treated, while the fire was brought under control.

The multi-agency simulation was attended by the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Argyll & Bute Council’s civil contingencies manager, and observers.

Oban Airport’s station manager Tom Eddleston said the heads of services will now meet and discuss improvements to their procedures.

‘The exercise went quite well, so I am not anticipating any changes,’ he said. ‘The weather made it very enjoyable.’

Mr Eddleston thanked everybody for taking part.