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Airport Exercise Conducted

Rescue operations get underway at the mock disaster site.

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) conducted a full-scale emergency exercise to test emergency response among its staff as well as first responders who would be activated in the event of a real airport disaster.

A firefighter puts out a mock fire.

The exercise, lasting two hours starting 10.25 a.m., involved a mock airport passenger plane incident in the vicinity of the Smith Road Cricket Grounds.

CIAA Senior Manager of Safety Management Systems, Mr. Andrew McLaughlin, who headed the full-scale emergency exercise, demonstrates use of audio equipment at the command centre.

Emergency personnel and vehicles from the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS), the Emergency Medical Services as well as the RCIPS were among those taking part. To facilitate their free movement, as would occur during a real event, traffic was diverted by Traffic Police from all access points to the Smith Road Cricket Grounds during those two hours.

Emergency responders are activated at the test emergency site.

Describing the exercise as a success, CIAA's Senior Manager of Safety Management Systems, Mr. Andrew McLaughlin said, "The biennial exercise gives us the opportunity every two years to test our emergency response systems and brings into focus both the positives and negatives of our preparedness. During debriefs, we will get feedback from the responders which will help fine-tune our readiness and response systems."


For further information contact: Bina Mani