Full emergency exercise for Whenuapai air base
It was all hands on for an air base carrying out essential emergency training.
About 200 people at the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland in Whenuapai recently took part in a fullscale base wide response to a simulated emergency situation.
The four-hour event centred around emergency response to spilled oil from the base’s fuel storage tanks.
Base Auckland airfield manager David Bacon said one of the advantages of such training meant connecting with outside agencies.
‘‘It’s the relationships side – getting to know those people and what they can bring to the table [in terms of] resources and managing the situation,’’ he said.
An additional 60 people attended from organisations such as the New Zealand Fire Service, Maritime New Zealand, Harbourmaster, Civil Defence Emergency Management and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.
The incident centred on a fuel tanker driver suffering a heart attack and crashing into the fuel storage tanks, causing fuel spillage.
Emergency incidents were simulated twice a year.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force firefighter coordinates with firefighters from West Harbour.