Staging a mock aviation emergency is no easy task, and for an exercise held on the Brac last year, dozens of high school students donned makeup and put their acting talents to work to play victims for the numerous responders taking part.
To comply with international standards, every two years the Cayman Islands Airports Authority stages a full-scale emergency exercise at Owen Roberts International airport in Grand Cayman and at Charles Kirkconnell International Airport in Cayman Brac. The exercises test the ability of airport staff and emergency response agencies to work together to form an organized response to save lives.
To thank the Layman E. Scott Senior High School students who took part in the Nov. 30 Brac exercise, the Airports Authority presented them with certificates of appreciation on March 6, according to a press release.
“Living on a small island with limited resources, it is important for the people in our community to be involved and assist emergency services in preparing a realistic response to an aircraft emergency,” said Airports Authority Chief Safety Management Officer Andrew McLaughlin.
“While we practiced for months and made sure all the technical details and safeguards were in place for a successful exercise, the students and other volunteers added realism to the scenario by simulating injured passengers, and I would like to commend them as well as all of our volunteers both in Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman for their spirit of volunteerism and community service,” he continued.
“Without their assistance, the emergency responders would miss an opportunity to practice their life-saving skills in the most realistic scenario possible. While we pray we will never use these skills, it is good to know we are ready when called.”