The country’s main airport is getting ready to conduct a mandatory exercise to determine its readiness to deal with an emergency.
According to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), on November 6, next, a full-scale preparedness exercise will be conducted to test the airport’s emergency responses.
The exercise will involve personnel from the airport and airline, hospitals, fire service, security and other emergency staffers.
During the simulated exercise, personnel will respond as in a real scenario, including the use of sirens, firefighting equipment and other emergency vehicles.
An Airport Emergency Committee, which usually plans for any emergency at the Port of Entry, began preparation for the exercise more than six months ago in developing the scenario and coordinating the logistics for the large-scale event.
Ramesh Ghir, CJIA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), explained that “the simulation is a great opportunity to test the airport’s readiness to respond to any emergency.
We always have to ensure that key airport stakeholders and first responders are aware of their roles in the event of an emergency where timing and coordination are key elements to saving lives and saving expensive assets.”
The full scale emergency exercise takes place every two years and is a requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Meanwhile, a script outlines exactly what areas will be tested during the exercise. This scenario was decided on by experts from various law enforcement and health agencies.
“The element of surprise is key. The first responders will respond to the scene of the accident and these personnel will be tested on how they will react in a real emergency when making decisions,” said Andre Kellman, the airport’s Deputy Operations Manager, who is coordinating the response for emergency personnel during the exercise.
A sign test was conducted Wednesday at the proposed crash site. According to Kellman, clear signages are important because they lessen the chaos and traffic congestion during “real life incidents”.
The Guyana Defence Force, Customs and Immigration, Ministry of Health, Caribbean Airlines, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Civil Defence Commission and the Guyana Police Force are among the stakeholders for the November simulation exercise.
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