Lights, sirens, action! Airport emergency plan put to test

Published: 20 Sep 2019 10:50am

Sirens and flashing lights signalled the start of a full scale emergency exercise at Wagga Wagga Airport last Saturday as the facility’s emergency plan was put to the test.

The joint exercise between Wagga Wagga City Council and RAAF Base Wagga included a simulated crash between two aircraft. Local volunteers played their part as accident victims in the role play scenario.

Local emergency agencies including Police, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Ambulance Service, Volunteer Rescue Association and the State Emergency Service were involved in the field exercise.

Council’s Director Commercial Operations Caroline Angel said “Exercise Kitestrike” was a success.

“Safety is a high priority in all facets of airport operations,” Ms Angel said.

“We need to ensure the Airport Emergency Plan remains current, effective and well drilled in terms of its activation in a simulated aircraft crash.

“Then in the event of a real-life aviation emergency, we can be sure there has been planning and preparation to ensure a rapid and effective response.”