ANY residents that witnessed the scene at Emerald Airport on Monday night would have been hard pressed not to be alarmed.
But what looked like a tragic aeroplane disaster was in fact a combined emergency service exercise simulating a runway crash.
Run annually as a legislative requirement under the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the exercise involved crews from Police, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Queensland Ambulance Service and the State Emergency Service.
"(The exercise) is not to identify what you do well, it's about identifying any gaps, and then mitigating to rectify those gaps," Central Highlands Disaster Management co-ordinator Glen Bell said.
"Being a practical exercise, it's a great opportunity for all the emergency services to work together, know limitations and skill-sets and each other's equipment."
The exercise was designed to run as though it would play out in real life, with team leaders liaising with the police incident controller before relaying orders to their troops.
Nine "victims", played by council workers and volunteers, lay strewn across the ground with varying degrees of injury indicated by a tag on their clothing.
Mr Bell said apart from some timing and minor procedural issues, the exercise went quite well.
"They are professional services, they are all already trained to do their specific job... it's the integration between everybody that we would be looking at," Mr Bell said.
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