Volunteers needed for mock aircraft disaster

Published: 13 Apr 2017 9:00am

A full-scale mock emergency scenario will be staged at Wagga Wagga Airport at the end of the month.

The emergency scenario will test and evaluate the coordinated response required by all agencies in the event of a real disaster.

About 60 volunteers of all ages are required to help act out the aircraft emergency scenario on the day. The scenario will involve a collision between a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and commercial aircraft within Wagga Wagga Airport airspace.

“The aim is to make the simulated exercise as close to real life as possible, this way we can practically test, key elements of our Airport Emergency Plan, and ensure we are fully prepared and ready to go in the event of a real crisis,” Airport Manager Leon Burger said.

“We are asking for volunteers to assist on the day as aircraft passengers and patients involved in the mock crash.

“Roles of each volunteer will be determined on the day and will include a range of injuries and conditions.”

The scenario will be staged on Saturday 29 April from 7.30am to 1pm. Volunteers are required to stay for the duration of the event. A free lunch will be provided.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Residents wishing to help out on the day can register by filling out the volunteer form at www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/airport. Forms must be submitted by 26 April.

The mock scenario is a joint exercise with the RAAF Base Wagga Wagga and is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority legislative requirement.

Wagga Wagga Airport will operate as normal on the day with no interruptions to scheduled flights.

Media will be invited on the day. More details to follow.