Big response to F-15D jet crash

Military personnel arriving at the scene of the USAF fighter jet crash in Weston Hills.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Military personnel arriving at the scene of the USAF fighter jet crash in Weston Hills. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A high-powered response from emergency and military services sprang into action just minutes after a US Air Force F-15D fighter jet crashed in Weston Hills.

Officials from the Ministry of Defence, Army, RAF and United States Air Force (USAF) personnel from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, where the fighter jet came from, also took part in the emergency operation.

Insp Jim Tyner, community policing inspector for South Holland, said: “It was an exceptional event and all emergency services responded to the scene very quickly.

“Early contact was made with the military command team and local police officers had support from colleagues across the county.

“I am very proud of how all my staff responded because, for example, all my PCSOs and several PCs were at a training event on the same day.

“But they immediately went home to collect their uniforms and returned for deployment.”

An East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) spokesman said: “Based on initial reports, we despatched a wide range and significant number of ambulances and solo responders to the scene, including our Hazardous Area Response Team.

“All were en-route when we had confirmation that there was only one person involved and at thatstage, we stood down most of the resources that were travelling.

“But a small contingent of EMAS staff arrived at and stayed on scene before the pilot was taken away by a USAF helicopter.”

Kieron Davey, technical community fire protection manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “We were able to get six of our appliances, additional support vehicles and our Urban Search and Rescue Team to the site very quickly to mitigate the extent of the fire and ensure that it didn’t spread to nearby properties.

“It was an overwhelming response, with the USAF, Ministry of Defence, RAF, ambulance, army, police and ourselves working in partnership to make the area safe and we will continue to assist as appropriate.”