There’ll be smoke, injured passengers, flashing lights and sirens at Kerikeri Airport on Tuesday the 7th Novemeber, but it’s just part of an Airport Emergency Plan (AEP).
Volunteer actors, alongside real-life emergency services, will play out a simulated aircraft incident scenario today from 10am to 11.30am as part of a test-run of the airport’s inter-agency response to a real-life emergency.
As the owner and operator of the airport, Far North Holdings Ltd (FNHL) is responsible for running the biannual exercise.
Chief executive Andy Nock said safety was of utmost importance to the organisation and that AEP exercises – along with other safety management practices and procedures – meant the airport was as prepared as it could be for an emergency.
“This is really about testing the bigger emergency framework and ensuring our onsite airport rescue fire crew has a ready and robust response within the first three minutes of an incident occurring.”