Full emer­gency ex­er­cise for When­u­a­pai air base

Western Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - AMY BAKER

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.

NZDF

A Royal New Zealand Air Force fire­fighter co­or­di­nates with fire­fight­ers from West Har­bour.

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