Several children are injured, some are in mortal danger – a peaceful camp ends in disaster. Fortunately, this scenario was just an act – as part of a rough exercise by rescue services and the fire department on friday evening near the kulmbach suburb of forstlahm.
The conditions under which this exercise took place were highly realistic. Although the exercise had been announced. Details were not known in advance, however, and so the helpers not only had to deal with injured people, but also with blocked roads, disruptions in radio traffic, curious walkers and a – played – fire! – to deal with an intrusive press photographer. 27 young people from the youth organizations of the BRK and the fire department made a particularly realistic impression by dramatically miming the injured. The rehearsal focused on the interaction between emergency physicians and BRK rescue workers, who provided first aid to the injured, and firefighters, who transported the injured from the danger zone and carried out the so-called decontamination – the cleaning of the corrosive chemical. Other red cross volunteers and the malteser relief service took over the care of the "victims" until transport to the hospital. Because the exercise also extended to so-called impassable terrain, the mountain rescue team was also deployed.
A total of about 130 people and 26 vehicles were involved in the operation. In the event of an emergency, according to the coordinator, BRK-kreisbereitschaftsleiter maximilian turk, rescue workers from neighboring counties and two
rescue helicopters were available for use. Turk’s conclusion after the two-hour exercise: "there are a number of things we can still improve. But the overall impression was very good."