DON'T BE ALARMED! YSJ EMERGENCY EXERCISE PLANNED FOR NOVEMBER 7
For Immediate Release
SAINT JOHN, NB – The Saint John Airport will be conducting a full-scale emergency preparedness exercise on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
The scheduled exercise will involve a simulated airline crash scenario. “The disaster scenario is developed to assess the airport’s Emergency Plan and our ability to quickly coordinate with external emergency response teams,” says YSJ President and CEO Derrick Stanford. “Safety and security is our main priority and it’s critical we’re prepared should a real emergency occur.”
The Saint John Airport wants the public to be aware of the drill in advance so people are not alarmed. To minimize impact on flights, the exercise will be conducted during times when no arrival or departure flights are scheduled. However, the public may see extra emergency vehicles, smoke and fire in the airport’s vicinity.
The event will involve Saint John Airport personnel, internal commissionaires, and aircraft rescue fire fighters as well as community emergency response teams that would be involved should a real incident occur. Participants will include: The Saint John Fire Department, Ambulance New Brunswick, the Saint John Police Department, Horizon Health, Saint John Emergency Measures Organization, and NAV Canada.
“We value this opportunity to test our team’s response, to practice interoperability with our first responding partners and to evaluate corrective actions that we’ve implemented as a result of previous emergency exercises,” says Cindy Thorn, Director of Operations. “It’s vital that we understand what procedures are working well and what areas require improvement.”
Regional airports, such as the Saint John Airport, are mandated by Transport Canada to perform a full scale emergency exercise every four years. Emergency Solutions International will plan and facilitate the event.
About the Saint John Airport
Saint John Airport Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation serving air travel needs of 300,000 residents of southwestern New Brunswick spanning from Sussex to the Fundy Isles, and is a key element in the economic and social development of this region. The Airport’s economic impact is estimated at $68.7 million, with more than 480 jobs created directly and indirectly. All revenue of the Saint John Airport is reinvested in operations and facilities on-site.
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President and CEO, Saint John Airport