Rescue exercise at Sde-Dov Airbase

IAF soldiers are prepared for any emergency, operating successfully during a mock aircraft malfunction

Date: 12/01/2012, 1:43 PM     Author: IAF Website

Emergency authorities practiced evacuating and rescuing pilots in cases of plane malfunctions at the Sde-Dov airbase. The crews were informed the exercise was not a real emergency only after successful completing the drill.

The alarm siren wailed for a number of seconds at Sde-Dov airbase. Several minutes after the supervisors’ announcement of emergency status, two fire trucks, a firefighting crew, a medical crew and a rescue vehicle arrived on the landing strip. The soldiers were notified that an aircraft cockpit is filled with smoke threatening the pilots’ lives.

“This is a very important exercise”, explained commander of the firefighting crew at the airbase, Sgt. Maj. Zach Shachar. “Because we didn’t know it was just an exercise, all the crews arrived and functioned swiftly as if it were real”. Commander of the Control Tower, First Lt. Lee, added: “The supervisors worked very professionally and calmness.”

At the end of the exercise, a number of points for improvement were brought up for future exercises: “Rescue crew members need to improve their familiarity with the plane structure”, was one of the statements made. “In my opinion”, said Deputy Commander of the Aerial Squadron, responsible for exercises at the airbase, “The result is good. The evacuation was carried out successfully”.