The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : New Providence Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM

Nassau's LPIA airport emergency response put to the test in full-scale drill
By Shonalee King Johnson
Nov 2, 2012 - 2:29:25 PM

Email this article
 Mobile friendly page
NASSAU, BAHAMAS -  On Tuesday November 6, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. stakeholders at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will participate in a full-scale emergency exercise. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations require all airports to establish an emergency plan commensurate with the aircraft operations and other activities conducted at the airport. It is further required that this plan be tested by conducting a full-scale emergency exercise every two years.

This year, approximately 200 persons will simulate an aircraft crash scene, playing the roles of passengers, airline crew, emergency response agencies, airport employees and family members of crash victims. Participants include the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Civil Aviation Department, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Airport Authority, MED Evac, JetBlue, Bahamas Red Cross Society, Princess Margaret Hospital, Doctors Hospital, New Providence Community Church and Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD).

Nassau Airport Development Company’s Public Safety team is coordinating the exercise. Frank Walker, Director of Airside Operations & Public Safety says the full-scale drill is a way to test the soundness of the emergency plan including the response of all agencies involved, and the quality and effectiveness of the emergency equipment and communications at LPIA. “Our success in a real emergency depends on how agencies work together and execute specific tasks. This is the third exercise since NAD’s existence and after every drill we are able to learn what works and identify areas for improvement.”

Tuesday’s exercise will last approximately 4 hours and is not expected to impact air travel at LPIA. Travelers are urged to continue with their scheduled travel plans. NAD is advising members of the public not to be alarmed by the emergency response vehicles in the vicinity of the airport during the drill.

All media representatives documenting the exercise are asked to park in the short term parking lot at 8:15 a.m. and report to NAD’s executive offices in terminal two (Royal Bank of Canada entrance) to receive press credentials. NAD personnel will escort media representatives to the incident site.

Bookmark and Share

© Copyright 2012 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories

Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

New Providence
Latest Headlines
Refurbished Sandals Royal Bahamian re-opens and expects nearly 100% occupancy by November
The Second Annual Munroe Legacy Gala Postponed
NAD Announces Appointment of Paula Rigby to VP of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
PM Christie Congratulates Outstanding Officers for Their Contributions to the Foreign Service
Commonwealth Bank donates $100,000 to Bahamas Red Cross
Queen's College to remain closed, personnel to report to work
Continued driving safety reminder in the Bahamas & Restored U.S. Embassy Nassau
Hon. Shane Gibson named Minister of Recovery
Princess Margaret Hospital Updates after Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew aftermath photos of Nassau, New Providence
Lynden Pindling International Airport to resume services on Saturday
Sandilands Primary School Ransacked after Hurricane Matthew
Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) to remain closed on Friday
NEMA: Persons with heavy-duty trucks or 10-wheelers asked to Volunteer in Rescue Efforts
Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) to close 11am Wednesday, Oct. 5
Princess Margaret Hospital to discontinue ALL elective surgeries starting Wed. October 5th
U.S. Embassy to Temporarily Suspend Consular Services Due to Hurricane Matthew
AML Breaks Ground On New Store at Solomon’s Yamacraw
Bahamian makes top 40 under 40 Houston Professionals
BTC Opens New Creole Store in Nassau
Callenders Names Six New Associates
Nearly 500 jobs offered, accepted as Sandals moves toward filling 600 Posts
Mandara Spa Atlantis Celebrates Its Balinese Roots and 15 Years of Bahamian Heritage
Bahamian DMC & Special Events Company wins Global Award
Bahamian builder participates in elite U.S. committee
WSC is gearing up to launch the first ‘Mobile App’ for a Bahamian Government Corp.
Former PM of Jamaica to address Bahamas Press Club Media Awards
Dubai Expo 2020 Is the Olympics of Creativity and Ingenuity: Bahamas Participating with a Pavilion
Monique Graham Launches Turnkey Design Firm
Nassau Document Security Firm Rebrands as Sunryse Information Management
Scotiabank Celebrates 60 Years in The Bahamas
Chad D. Roberts Named Callenders & Co. Managing Partner, Nassau
Atlantis Cake Artist to bring added creativity to resort’s cake creations
The Skills Gap: Employers seeking technically proficient workers
Atlantis welcomes Shaunae home in style
Calypso Blue begins Tour de Turtles marathon in the Gulf of Mexico
Commonwealth Bank Reports 11.8% Profits Increase, Credits Loan Portfolio Quality, Net Interest Income Management
Dr. Mychal Coleman appointed COB Chief Human Resources Officer
Atlantis, Paradise Island appoints Howard C. Karawan as New President and Managing Director
Commonwealth Bank opens new $800M training centre