Brac to hold emergency exercise

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority will stage a mock aircraft emergency exercise in Cayman Brac on Thursday night, 24 May. 

The emergency exercise, dubbed “Operation Dark Knight” will be simulated at Gerrard-Smith International Airport.  

Andrew McLaughlin, the airports authority’s senior manager of safety management systems and chairman of the airport emergency planning committee, explained why the exercise was being held. 

“It is crucial for airport personnel and supporting emergency responders to test their readiness on a regular basis to ensure they are fully prepared in the event of a real aircraft accident. Roads in the immediate vicinity of the Brac Airport (Gerrard-Smith Drive) and the South Side Road, from the junction of the Alexander Hotel to the Brac Reef Hotel will see temporary closures. 

“The staging of the exercise will inevitably result in some minor but essential inconvenience to the Brac community and we ask for their understanding and cooperation,” Mr. McLaughlin said. 

The Airport Emergency Planning Committee comprises representatives of the airports authority, Civil Aviation Authority Cayman islands, airlines, 911 Emergency Communications, Immigration and Customs control, Government Information Services/Joint Communications Services, Hazard Management Cayman Islands, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Cayman Islands Fire Service, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority’s Emergency Medical Services, Public Works Department, the Department of Environmental Health, the Red Cross and the Sister Islands Emergency Committee. 


The Cayman Islands Red Cross provides the “bodies” for simulated emergencies and will be doing again at the exercise in Cayman Brac. 

Red Cross volunteers pretend to be victims of the mock disaster, bearing realistic looking wounds, speaking foreign languages or screaming in pain. 

The volunteers also work with Health Services Authority personnel at disaster sites, where disaster management and first aid trained volunteers are deployed to help HSA staff dealing with the victims of the disaster. They provide basic first aid treatment, help to move the injured in stretchers and provide psycho-social support to the least injured. They are also on hand to provide actual first aid support in case a real injury occurs during the exercise.  


The Red Cross is asking anyone wishing to join its Brac chapter or to volunteer for the exercise to contact the Sister Islands Branch Coordinator Isabelle Dore at 917-7307. 

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The Red Cross provides “victims” for disaster drills, like this one held in Grand Cayman last year. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY

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