Edinburgh airport staging emergency response exercise

Edinburgh Airport are to hold an emergency response exercise. Photo credit: Karen Bryan

Edinburgh Airport are to hold an emergency response exercise. Photo credit: Karen Bryan

Edinburgh Airport will today carry out a planned emergency training exercise and so has urged that passengers, the media and the general public not to worry.

The simulated incident will involve a report being received from Air Traffic Control involving an inbound helicopter with a loss of communications. This will be followed by a controlled explosion in their fuel farm so as to simulate an act of terrorism, to which the emergency services will also respond.

Up on the announcement of the exercise Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive Gordon Dewar, said:

“This live exercise and the response to it will look real as its purpose is to test our procedures and responses as a live incident would – but I would ask people looking on not to be alarmed.

“Live exercises provide so many benefits and opportunities for the wide range of services, agencies and departments to test the application of plans and deployment of resources in a fully monitored manner.

“Thankfully, for the majority of us a live exercise of this type is the only exposure we may ever have to anything like a real incident. It provides an opportunity to learn from each other, identify both strengths – and where improvements may be implemented – in what we all do, record findings and to improve our processes and procedures.”

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