Emergency responders perform on Brac

The
Cayman Islands Airports Authority conducted an emergency response exercise,
which involved the simulation of an aircraft accident at Gerrard-Smith
International Airport in Cayman Brac last week.

The
exercise allowed first responders from the Cayman Islands Airport Authority,
the Cayman Islands Fire Service, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and
Health Services Authority/Faith Hospital to test their readiness in the event
of a real aircraft emergency at the airport.

The
teams responded to the landing of a Saab 340 aircraft with 19 people on-board.
The plane reported that it was experiencing hydraulic failures and requested
that all emergency services be put on standby.

Upon
landing, the aircraft sustained landing gear damage, resulting in it veering
off the runway onto a grassed area on the South Side before bursting into
flames.

Emergency
services from Gerrard Smith International Airport responded to the accident
scene and performed fire fighting and rescue operations.

Once
the blaze was extinguished, the rescue and recovery focused on passengers, who
were assessed and taken to the Advanced Medical Post where further assessment.
Stabilisation was carried out by medical personnel from Faith Hospital.

Those
with serious trauma were systematically transported by ambulance to hospital
for further attention. 

The
next phase of the exercise was to establish an Incident Command Post by the
Aerodrome Fire Service, which was the first on the scene. It then handed over
responsibility for the command post to the Police, which immediately set about
providing instructions for the preservation of the accident scene and crowd
control, in conjunction with the CIAA Security Unit.

At
the Command Post, representatives from all emergency responders immediately
gathered and commenced liaising with the emergency Coordination Centre, which
was established in the conference room at the Gerrard Smith International Airport.

Commenting
on the staging of the mock exercise, CIAA’s CEO Jeremy Jackson, remarked, “The
CIAA expresses its gratitude to all agencies involved in this Emergency
Response Exercise, as well as thanks to the students to the students of the Cayman
Brac High School for their participation as volunteer passengers.

“This
exercise was extremely beneficial to all emergency response agencies and the
team at Gerrard Smith International Airport as it is crucial that we are in a
state of readiness at all times in the event of a real aircraft accident on
Cayman Brac.”

The CEO said overall
he was pleased with the performance of all emergency response partners, adding
that outcomes and areas of improvement would be addressed in order to enhance
the current capabili

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A nurse prepares a volunteer passenger from the Cayman Brac High School to be transported to the Faith Hospital for further treatment. Observing the information on the passenger’s assessment details is Mr. Alastair Robertson of the Civil Aviation Authority who was on hand to critique the Emergency Response Exercise at the Brac Airport.
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