Emergency Exercise Based on ‘Bomb’ Scenario
Flames at the Airport Training Centre for “Operation Pressure Cooker” -photos 250News
Prince George, B.C. – Fire, Police, Ambulance, airlines and Northern Health were all on hand for a special emergency exercise at the Prince George Airport this morning.
“I’m very pleased with the way things went today” says Cuyler Green, Director of Operations for YXS and in charge of the Emergency Operations Centre set up for today’s exercise.
(at right, Cuyler Green inside the Emergency Operations Centre )
“We’ve had great participation from the agencies we have on board here in the community. I am certain we will find things that we need to improve upon, but the fact that we’ve had these agencies come together and tested their own plans together and individually is a good thing.”
The exercise, labelled “Operation Pressure Cooker” was based on a scenario that a bomb had gone off on a plane. The scenario then rolled out to everything from dousing flames, moving passengers from the plane, dealing with family and friends of those passengers, and addressing security issues.
Airports in Canada are required by law to go through this kind of exercise every four years says Green ” Yes, we do put together a report for Transport Canada on the lessons learned, and what worked and what didn’t. It’s primarily for our own purposes, but it is notification to Transport Canada that we are following the rules.”
( at right, Airport Fire Truck sprays foam on the last of the flames)
Green says this is the largest exercise they’ve done in a while “This one was particularly complicated because it had not only an emergency rescue and fire, but also a significant security component with the ‘bomb’ that was part of the scenario.”
Green says the Airport is mandated not only to test emergency response from a fire and medical standpoint, “but also from a security standpoint, and which scenario we choose is entirely up to us. Improvised explosive devices are a threat throughout the world so that’s the one we tested.”