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AIR FORCE November 12, 2009
EMERGENCY response person-
nel at RAAF Base Tindal recently
proved their abilities to respond rap-
idly to air and other emergencies
when an exercise was held on base.
The crash exercise was called
Exercise Hornet Down 09.
Its aims were to test the Tindal
Airfield Emergency Plan, ensure
responding emergency agencies and
personnel were familiar with their roles
and responsibilities while dealing with
an aircraft crash, and test the command
and control elements with the activa-
tion of the emergency management
team that operated in the emergency
The plan and team were further
stretched with the activation of the
media and affected persons plans.
Primary units activated under the
plan included the Tindal SAR helicop-
ter, firefighters and security police from
322 Expeditionary Combat Support
Squadron and medical personnel from
the 2 Expeditionary Health Squadron
detachment at Tindal.
Under the exercise scenario, an air-
borne F/A-18 would experience dif-
ficulties resulting in the pilot being
forced to eject and the aircraft crash-
ing approximately five kilometres from
the base. However, the situation was
HERE TO HELP: Medical officer FLTLT Greg Dimond and medical
assistant LAC Fletcher Jackson from 2 Expeditionary Health Squadron
assess a wounded airman at the scene of the Crash exercise at RAAF
Photos: SGT Pete Gammie
ON THE SCENE: Firefighters CPL
David Denning, LACs Muhammed
Enver and Garry Court treat
simulated wounded members.
exacerbated when a vehicle returning
from a range shoot with four Air Force
personnel was struck by falling debris,
wounding all four occupants.
Immediately, fire and medical per-
sonnel raced to the scene where the air-
craft was blazing fiercely while one of
the stricken airmen wandered aimlessly
in the scrub.
Two more were found nearby and
then firefighter CPL David Denning
found the fourth lying in the bush. He
and fellow firefighters LAC Muhammed
Enver and LAC Garry Court treated the
four men at the scene before medical
officer FLTLT Greg Dimond, medical
assistant LAC Fletcher Jackson and
other medical staff arrived.
FLTLT Dimond later said the exer-
cise reinforced the impacts of such an
incident in an isolated area like Tindal.
"This provides massive challenges
on resource management when you
know there will potentially be a sig-
nificant delay for any backup to arrive
outside the immediate medical avail-
ability," FLTLT Dimond said.
"Being a doctor from Williamtown,
where there are substantially more
civilian and Defence resources available
for backup, I was extremely impressed
with how the Tindal medical staff man-
aged what very limited resources they
"In particular, I was overseeing LAC
Jackson perform triage on a mass casu-
alty scenario. He confidently initiated
both immediate lifesaving medical care
and additional measures for longer-
term management, which medics would
not normally have to consider.
"This was a great example of the
extra mile the Tindal medical staff has
to consider to compensate for the isola-
tion factor they face," he said.
NUMBER 324 Combat Support Squadron at
RMAF Base Butterworth has a new headquarters
ACAUST AVM Mark Skidmore opened the new
building on October 29, moments before the heavens
opened with a tropical downpour.
The ceremony -- held during Exercise Bersama
Lima -- marked the completion of stage one of a
$27 million upgrade to facilities at RMAF Base
Butterworth, which will ensure the continued viability
of Australia's strategic presence in South-East Asia.
"324CSS is a small but very capable unit providing
outstanding combat support to operations and exer-
cises," AVM Skidmore said.
"This has been publicly recognised in its having
been awarded the Hawker Siddeley Trophy in two of
the past four years. This facility will greatly enable
324CSS to continue that fine record of providing
top quality support not only here at Butterworth, but
throughout the region."
CO 324CSS WGCDR Ken Robinson said: "It has
been apparent to me since I took command that our
mission, capabilities and roles take us to destinations
well beyond Butterworth and indeed beyond Malaysia.
There are now 51 years of continuous combat support
for ADF operations that have been orchestrated from
this air base.
"Today is quite a memorable occasion for the men
and women of 324CSS, not least because we have
vacated facilities that were becoming less than ideal
for the achievement of our mission."
Meanwhile, works continue on stages 2 and 3
of the project. They are the completion of the new
headquarters facilities for 2/30th Training Group and
92WG Detachment A, and re-laying of the aircraft
hardstand, which is scheduled to be completed by the
end of March next year.
gets new HQ
LOOKS GOOD: ACAUST AVM Mark Skidmore
with CO 324CSS WGCDR Ken Robinson at the
new 324CSS facility at RMAF Base Butterworth.
Photo: LAC Leigh Cameron
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