Airport emergency exercise scheduled

An emergency exercise will
be conducted by the Cayman Islands Airports Authority on Tuesday, 20 July.

The night-time readiness
test will be held in the vicinity of the Owen Roberts International Airport,
but the exact location and time has not been released.

The mock emergency is called
Operation Heron, and as with all similar exercises, is a crucial part of
operations. Airports Authority Senior Manager Kerith McCoy said it is vital for
airport personnel and supporting emergency responders to test their readiness
regularly to ensure all are prepared in case of a real emergency or aircraft

Motorists will be affected
by the exercise, said Superintendent Adrian Seales of the Royal Cayman Islands
Police Service.

“It will be necessary for the RCIPS to stop traffic at
various street lights and junctions along Smith Road, Crewe Road, Owen Roberts
Drive and surrounding roads in the Industrial Park area. While these
disruptions are necessary to accommodate the passage of emergency vehicles, we
will endeavour to minimize the inconvenience to the motoring public,” he said.