30 May 2018

On Tuesday 15th May, Brooksby Melton College students had the unique opportunity to participate in ‘Silver Siren’, a joint training event for the RAF, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Police and Fire Service.

This collaborative, multi-agency training event took place at RAF Syerston, and took the form of a simulated air crash. The training event, which is required every two years, is designed to test the response of various emergency services to a disaster situation.

Hair and Media Make-Up, Performing Arts and Film and TV Production and students got involved on the day, allowing them all to display their finely honed skills in their respective areas of study. In what was promised to be a long and physically and emotionally challenging day for everyone involved, Hair and Media Make-Up students first faced the challenge of making the Performing Arts students look like realistic casualties with make-up and pretend blood and guts.

Performing Arts students then had to use their acting skills to role-play as various types of casualties, from amputees, to those with penetrating wounds, to those who were walking wounded. Film and TV Production students played the vital role of recording the event via a combination of moving image and still photography. The Film and TV students also had the opportunity to try out some acting, as they were required to act like pretend news crews trying to get in to the disaster area to challenge the police.

Ross Woods, Programme Team Manager for Performing Arts and Media at BMC, said ‘This was an amazing experience for the students, and not one that comes around too often! All of the students performed excellently and displayed a high level of professionalism on the day.

Feedback on the day from Tony Rouse (EMAS), Wg Cdr Jim Errington (RAF), and various other emergency services personnel was incredibly positive and complimentary. EMAS staff complimented the quality of ‘injuries’ and reactions. Several services members noted how realistic and invaluable our contribution was in providing very challenging training scenarios.’

The emergency services continued their training exercise on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May, moving on to scene investigation and site clear up, and then practising the subsequent police investigation and medical response.

BMC offers Performing Arts, Film and TV Production and Hair and Media Make-Up courses at a range of levels. To find out more about courses at BMC, visit www.brooksbymelton.acuk or call course enquiries on 01664 855 444.

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