Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe Year 9 students Atarangi Harris and Te Arahi Nelson-Rogers were two of several students playing the injured passengers.
Both students played “status two” characters, with Harris acting as someone with a broken
leg and chest pain, while Nelson-Rogers played someone with severe facial burns and organ failure.
They said the experience had been exciting and unlike anything they’d tried before.
“It was fun and cool to be involved,” Harris said.
“We had to yell out ‘help’ and tell people what injuries we had.”
“It was pretty cool when the emergency services turned up,” Nelson-Rogers said.
In addition to the AEP exercise, the on-site airport rescue fire crew run weekly safety tests to ensure the facility is as prepared for an emergency as possible.