‘Over the Road’ Airport emergency exercise

Sunshine Coast Airport and local emergency services will join forces for a multi-agency training exercise simulating the emergency landing of an aircraft onto the North Shore Community Centre playing fields.

By Sunshine Coast Airport

Sunshine Coast Airport and local emergency services will join forces for a multi-agency training exercise simulating the emergency landing of an aircraft onto the North Shore Community Centre playing fields on David Low Way tomorrow (Thursday November 3).

Exercise ‘Over the Road’ forms part of Sunshine Coast Airport’s bi-annual obligations under the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirements.

Sunshine Coast Airport’s General Manager, Peter Pallot, said Exercise ‘Over the Road’ was a great opportunity for key agencies to work together and test our Airport Emergency Plan.

“It allows us to run-through our procedures and implement our training in a realistic environment,” Mr Pallot said.

“The objective is to test the coordinated response to an aircraft incident with emphasis on communications, incident management, decision making and resource deployment activities.

“The exercise follows several months of planning so there’s no need to be alarmed by the amount of emergency vehicle activity around the Community Centre throughout the day.”

Up to 40 future emergency services personnel from the Sunshine Coast University School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine will role play as passengers being rescued from the aircraft.

Medical assessment facilities, command, control and communication will be set up at the exercise site.

The exercise will be held at the North Shore Community Centre between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

ENDS

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