Emergency exercise set for Cayman Brac airport

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority plans to hold an emergency exercise at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport on Cayman Brac on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The airports authority is advising motorists in the vicinity of the airport to expect disruptions that day. The exact time and location of the exercise is not being revealed until the day of the event.

“CIAA would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however these types of exercises are necessary in order for CIAA to meet international requirements and to test the readiness of emergency responders,” a statement from the airports authority released Friday read.

Airport staff, fire officers, police and Health Services Authority workers will take part in the exercise responding to a mock plane crash, according to the statement.

Earlier this month, Grand Cayman’s emergency responders underwent a similar exercise, titled “The Real Deal,” at the Owen Roberts International Airport.

Tuesday’s exercise, called “Rescue Me,” will focus on taking care of family and friends of victims of the mock air crash in the immediate aftermath of the incident, as well as helping victims, officials said.

CIAA’s senior manager, safety management systems and chairman of the Airport Emergency Planning Committee, Andrew McLaughlin, said, “The Real Deal exercise revealed that continued improvement is needed in this vital area as the airport and airlines continue to work together with the limited resources available to ensure proper treatment of friends and family during this very stressful time.”

Those taking part in the exercise will be assisted by the Cayman Islands Red Cross, Government Information Services, Public Safety Communications Centre 911 and airlines.