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November 16, 2016

               Emergency exercise planned at Saint John Airport

Local high school students to participate as mock hostages in bi-annual exercise

Saint John, NB.         The Saint John Airport will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise this afternoon from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the airport.

The exercise is designed to test the Airport’s Emergency Plans, evaluate the operational capability of emergency responders in an inter-agency format, and to mobilize field personnel and resources.

The exercise will involve a mock hostage scenario, involving approximately 75 people, including Saint John Airport firefighters, Saint John Police Force, EMS Services and students from Simonds High School who will act as passengers.

“Involving members of our local community – from emergency responders to the students at Simonds High School – helps all members of our community better understand airport operations and prepare for any potential emergency situations,” said Derrick Stanford, President and CEO of YSJ.

A full-scale exercise incorporates all the activities that normally take place at the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) and the emergency scene during a real event, including simulated passengers, enacting operations, communications, and equipment and manpower deployment.

“It’s going to feel very realistic,” Stanford continued. “And it will provide an excellent learning opportunity for everyone on-site.”

Pre-designed “inputs” will guide the exercise at both the scene and the ECC, setting the framework to ensure a logical sequence of events along abbreviated timelines. The inputs are designed to cause reactions and subsequent actions to meet the challenge of the “emergency” for both a direct response at the scene, and planning / direction activities in the ECC. These involve not only dealing with the emergency, but also other agencies, elected officials, news and the community at large.

As part of its Airport Operators Certificate, the Saint John Airport is required to hold a full-scale emergency security exercise every two years.

“Extensive planning has been done to ensure as safe an environment as possible for the exercise responders, students and general public,” Stanford said. “Citizens of Saint John will not be adversely impacted by the exercise, and flights will continue to operate on the two runways as usual.”

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About the Saint John Airport

Saint John Airport Inc. is a local, not-for-profit company, operating under a 60-year lease with Transport Canada and governed by nominated members of a Board of Directors. The Saint John Airport is a key element to the economic and social development of greater Saint John and Southwestern New Brunswick. Airport activities support 600 direct and indirect jobs in the region, and the economic impact of the Airport on the local economy is estimated at $66 million annually. Learn more about our Airport at saintjohnairport.com.

Note to editors: All media are invited to attend the exercise. YSJ’s President and CEO, Derrick Stanford, will be available for interviews before the exercise begins at 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
 

For more information, to attend the emergency exercise or to coordinate an interview, please contact:
Brendan Glauser
506.651.9858
Brendan.glauser@revolutionstrategy.com



 

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Air CanadaACA8946Toronto11:3711:35Arrived
Air CanadaACA7769Halifax14:4114:41On Time
Air CanadaACA8786Montreal17:5417:54On Time
Air CanadaACA7771Halifax19:1119:11On Time
Air CanadaACA8948Toronto20:0220:02On Time
Air CanadaACA8792Montreal23:2723:27On Time
Air CanadaACA8817Halifax23:4523:45On Time
Flights for December 5th 2016
Air CanadaACA8972Toronto01:1201:12On Time
Air CanadaACA7767Halifax08:4608:46On Time
Air CanadaACA8946Toronto11:3711:37On Time

Last updated: 2:14pm

While the Saint John Airport Authority makes every reasonable effort to ensure the information displayed herein is correct, no responsibility or liability for the absolute accuracy of flight information displayed is accepted. Passengers are encouraged to contact their airline, directly, for arrival and departure information.

Improve your Airport for $25.

A passenger facility fee (PFF) of $25 plus taxes is paid as part of the airline ticket cost by all departing passengers.

There is no charge for connecting passengers or children under 2 years of age.

The PFF provides funds to assists with airport costs and capital improvements.

Saint John Airport Inc. is a not for profit community based organization directed by a Board of Directors chosen from Southern New Brunswick. All operating profits are invested back into your Airport.

AirlineFlightToSched
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Actual
Time
Status
Air CanadaACA8947Toronto12:1012:15Departed
Air CanadaACA7770Halifax15:0015:00On Time
Air CanadaACA8793Montreal18:2018:20On Time
Air CanadaACA7772Halifax19:3019:30On Time
Air CanadaACA8949Toronto20:3520:35On Time
Flights for December 5th 2016
Air CanadaACA8945Toronto05:1505:15On Time
Air CanadaACA8791Montreal05:4505:45On Time
Air CanadaACA8830Halifax06:1506:15On Time
Air CanadaACA7768Halifax09:0509:05On Time
Air CanadaACA8947Toronto12:1012:10On Time

Last updated: 2:14pm

While the Saint John Airport Authority makes every reasonable effort to ensure the information displayed herein is correct, no responsibility or liability for the absolute accuracy of flight information displayed is accepted. Passengers are encouraged to contact their airline, directly, for arrival and departure information.

Improve your Airport for $25.

A passenger facility fee (PFF) of $25 plus taxes is paid as part of the airline ticket cost by all departing passengers.

There is no charge for connecting passengers or children under 2 years of age.

The PFF provides funds to assists with airport costs and capital improvements.

Saint John Airport Inc. is a not for profit community based organization directed by a Board of Directors chosen from Southern New Brunswick. All operating profits are invested back into your Airport.