Nanaimo Airport plans to test its emergency response plan with a live exercise today (Oct. 18) at 10 a.m.
Transport Canada regulations require all Canadian airports to host a full scale live exercise regularly. Participating agencies will include the Cranberry Fire Department, airport security and operations, RCMP, NavCanada and B.C. Ambulance.
“Safety is our No. 1 priority and exercises like this provide the opportunity for multiple local agencies and the airport to test their individual response plans and gain key learning to respond to an emergency situation involving an aircraft,” said Mike Hooper, president and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport
The scenario planned will simulate an aircraft crashing while attempting to land.
While travellers will notice signage, emergency response vehicles, and public address announcements throughout the exercise, no impact to regular operations is anticipated.