Exercise Zephyros

Exercise Zephyros - 29 May 2013 - Ecotricity Swaffham 

On the 29th May 2013 James Little from USAR Red Watch organised an exercise at the Ecotricity Swaffham 2 Wind Turbine. This Wind Turbine stands at 85m in height and has an internal ladder (there is a lift but this is very slow!).

The exercise was designed around a member of Ecotricity maintenance staff becoming medically incapacitated within the rotor hub which is at the very top of the tower and also in a very confined space.

With the increasing amount of Wind Turbines appearing in our countryside, this exercise was jointly arranged with Ecotricity and USAR – we tested; Work at Height, Access arrangements and Casualty Extrication. The Ambulance Trust Hazardous Area Response Team and Massingham Fire Crew were in attendance with Massingham making the initial access backed up by USAR and then medical intervention was made by the HART team.

This was a very worthwhile exercise which all attending personnel gained valuable experience in this area of an expanding industry.