Airports Authority Emergency Drill at Piarco International Airport
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (the Authority) conducted a full scale emergency Disaster Drill on Tuesday June 12, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Piarco International Airport.
The purpose of this simulation exercise was to test and evaluate the preparedness of the Authority and relevant stakeholders to respond in the event of a crisis at the Piarco International Airport.
Agencies such as the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority, Immigration, Customs and Excise, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, the Meteorological Services, the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard, the Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and the Arima Accident and Emergency and other organisations participated in this important activity. All agencies had the opportunity to identify their strengths and weaknesses and familiarise themselves with their roles and responsibilities within the Airport Emergency Plan.
Acting General Manager of the Authority, Mr Dayanand Birju, declared that the event was a success. He said “inevitably, there are learnings to be had from an exercise such as this but all in all, I would say it's a resounding success”.
The Drill scenario simulated the unlawful seizure of an aircraft and a subsequent crash of an aircraft. The exercise was conducted in compliance with International Civil Aviation Regulations to ensure that the highest safety and security measures are in place at the airport.
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago continues to be committed to maintaining safety and security at its aerodromes for the benefit of all stakeholders, travellers and airport users.