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Simulation exercise at Sangster Airport this Friday 50 volunteers and multiple agencies to participate

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2015 | 7:00 AM
File Sangster International Airport, the main gateway for tourist arrivals.

WESTERN BUREAU:

MORE THAN 50 volunteers and multiple agencies are slated to participate in an emergency simulation exercise at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay this Friday as part of the ongoing process of constantly testing the facility's state of readiness to handle emergency situations.

In a release from Claudia McGann, the business development analyst, Commercial Division at MBJ Airports Limited, the operators of the airport, the process will involve several agencies, including the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force.

"The exercise scenario will involve the participation of Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica Defence Force, Cornwall Regional Hospital, Jamaica Fire Brigade, along with the MBJ Airports Limited own Emergency Response Team," the release stated. "Volunteers will play injured victims, passengers and family members providing a realistic experience for those agencies involved."

According to the release, the simulation exercises are conducted from time to time. It further stated that a simulation exercise is a requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and allows the various agencies to practice the response in preparation for a real emergency and to test their Emergency Management Plan.

The release noted that an Emergency Management Plan centres around three principles - prevention, preparedness and practice - and deals with any emergency situation, be it an aircraft incident; a natural disaster such as an earthquake, fire or flood; a medical emergency; or a security threat.

The Emergency Management Plan is assessed and refined on an ongoing basis to incorporate knowledge gained through real-life and simulated emergency situations, and the latest developments in airport safety and emergency management.

The simulation exercise will be conducted in secure areas of the airport property and will not affect regular operations to include arrivals and departures.

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