Emer­gency sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cise con­ducted at Bacolod-Si­lay Air­port

Pro­gram ad­min­is­tered for safety ac­cred­i­ta­tion

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Front Page - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

The Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of the Philip­pines (CAAP) yesterday con­ducted an emer­gency sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cise at Bacolod-Si­lay Air­port as part of safety ac­cred­i­ta­tion re­quire­ments.

Var­i­ous res­cue units from Bacolod City, Tal­isay City, Si­lay City, and EB Ma­ga­lona, along with vol­un­teer groups such as the Amity and Cham­ber vol­un­teer fire bri­gades, par­tic­i­pated in the ex­er­cises.

Dur­ing the ex­er­cise, mock Air­bus A320

wreck­age was set ablaze, with air­port and air­line em­ploy­ees por­tray­ing the plane’s 100 pas­sen­gers and five crew mem­bers.

In ad­di­tion, sev­eral CAAP-Bacolod per­son­nel played crash in­ves­ti­ga­tors by cor­don­ing off the wreck­age.

Air­port fire­fight­ing equip­ment was rolled out, backed up by the Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion. Am­bu­lances and air­port med­i­cal per­son­nel also raced to the scene, im­me­di­ately di­vid­ing pas­sen­gers and crew based on the type of in­juries they sus­tained.

CAAP-Bacolod Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Ofe­lia Leonardo called the ex­er­cise “very im­por­tant.”

“We have to be pre­pared for any even­tu­al­i­ties,” she added.

(Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga photo)

Air­port and air­line em­ploy­ees por­trayed 100 pas­sen­gers and five crew mem­bers of a sim­u­lated plane crash as part of yesterday’s emer­gency sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cise at Bacolod-Si­lay Air­port.

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