International tactical drill in Koukolná

22.09.2009

International tactical drill tested the interoperability of the integrated rescue system

Koukolná, 22/09/2009 – The rescue action during a simulated accident on the railway tested communication and coordination between the bodies of the integrated system and the ability to cooperate between the Czech and Polish bodies of the integrated rescue system. The tactical drill of the bodies of the integrated rescue system dealt with the removal of the consequences of the simulated traffic accident at the level crossing. Also, the time pressure for a transportation of a large number of the injured into hospital was put to a test.

Description of the simulated situation: Crash of a bus and a special guided vehicle on the track No. 320, Dětmarovice, section Koukolná.

Immediately after the accident had been reported to the Operational and Information Centre, a unit of the Fire Department of the Regional Infrastructure Administration Ostrava set out with the equipment RZA L3R and CAS 24/2500/400 – S2V counting 1+6. SŽDC Fire Department Unit was the first to reach the crash site; a moment later the units of the Fire Department of the Moravian-Silesian Region, a unit of voluntary fire brigade, First-Aid Service and the Police CR arrived. As the report mentioned a bus with Polish tourists, the Polish police and the fire brigade arrived in the crash site as well.

After evaluating the situation the Commander Staff of rescue action was set up and was in charge of the rescue work.

SŽDC fire brigade unit performed short-circuiting of the switched-off contact line installation, i.e. protection of the contact line installation for save movement of the rescue bodies of the integrated rescue system on the spot of the electrified track. Furthermore, the unit secured the vehicle against fire and movement and at the same time they gave first aid to people from the guided vehicle where two seriously injured individuals (figurants) were found. After the First-Aid Service doctor sorted out the injured through the START method, the injured were stabilized, pulled out, fastened to stretchers and carried to an assembling point for further treatment.

By means of a retaining pool, leakage of working fluid from the guided vehicle was prevented.

The place was visited by emergency and operational staff on behalf of the rail operator - SŽDC SDC Ostrava – in order to remove the consequences of the accident, by the Railway Inspectorate and inspectors of the Regional inspectorate for the railway transport safety Ostrava.

The drill checked brilliant communication and coordination between the bodies of the integrated system and the ability to cooperate between the Czech and Polish bodies of the integrated rescue system.

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