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Emergency services test air crash response

RAF Typhoon Photo: Press Association

More than 150 members of the emergency services are simulating their response to a military air crash in the Scottish Borders today.

The RAF has teamed up with services including the police, fire service and mountain rescue for 'Exercise Impact Borders' around Hawick.

The aim of the exercise is to improve the way the RAF works alongside civilian emergency services in the Northumberland and Scottish areas of responsibility in the event of a multi-agency response being needed to a military aircraft crash.

The exercise has been designed to be as realistic as possible to test each team's abilities, not only in their specialist field, but in working together within the scenario, testing plans, procedures and communications in an exercise situation.

"It will necessitate close co-operation between the military and civil response teams which will enhance mutual understanding of each other's operational requirements. This can only benefit all participants and foster a dynamic response during a real incident."

– RAF spokesperson