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The Whitsunday Coast Airport will be conducting its biennial full scale emergency exercise thisFriday 8 May to evaluate its Airport Emergency Plan (AEP).
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Whitsunday Coast Airport conductsan exercise every two years as a way of evaluating the operational capability of the airport’semergency plan in an interactive manner in real time.
“Exercise ‘Kangaroo Hazard Exists’ will involve the mobilisation of personnel and resources andthe actual movement of emergency personnel, equipment and resources required to demonstrate a coordination and response capability,” Mayor Whitney said.
“In addition, there will be security component that will run concurrently with the rescue andfirefighting component,” she said.
“These type of exercises allow response agencies to test their standard operating procedures in a ‘real time’ scenario and consequently review the procedures they have in place,”
“We have a duty of care to ensure the safety of the airport patrons by having comprehensiveemergency and security plans and ensuring that we undertake regular testing of these plans.”
The simulated scenario involves an aircraft which has veered to avoid a kangaroo located in themiddle of the runway.
In doing so the pilot loses directional control due to the wet runway andsubsequently makes an excursion of the runway resulting in a crash.
Airport patrons and broader community are reminded that there will be no cause for alarm withemergency services gathering at the Whitsunday Coast Airport on Friday morning for the exercise.