Emergency Exercise Conducted at Skardu Airport

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Emergency Exercise Conducted at Skardu Airport

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:51 pm

Emergency exercise conducted at Skardu Airport on September 9, 2016. The teams participating in the exercise practiced handling aircraft accident and action against terrorists.

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Pakistan Army soldiers taking part in counter-terrorism training exercise at the airport.

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Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ambulances.

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Location of fire at the airport

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Pakistan CAA fire tenders heading towards fire location at the airport.

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Pakistan CAA fire tenders.

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PIA Skardu Airport apron bus still sporting airline's 1990s sporty corporate identity discontinued more than ten years ago.

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PIA Skardu Airport apron bus used for evacuating passengers.

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Re: Emergency Exercise Conducted at Skardu Airport

Post by Abdulrafeysiddiqui » Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:43 pm

Were the authorites informed about the emergency exercise as before?

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Re: Emergency Exercise Conducted at Skardu Airport

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:31 pm

^ holding such exercises without advance information to authorities, news media, airlines, airport workers, local government and population can create confusion among various security forces of the area, panic among airport workers/visitors/local population and outbreak of terrifying breaking news by news channels.

Often Pakistan CAA issues a press release before holding such emergency exercise telling airlines, airport staff, general public, news media, local population and airport visitors not to get worried by ambulance sirens, movement of security forces, fire tenders etc. at the airport during the exercise.

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Re: Emergency Exercise Conducted at Skardu Airport

Post by Abdulrafeysiddiqui » Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:28 am

So then what is the use of this type of drill? When emergency situation occurs, it doesn't notifies to anybody.

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Re: Emergency Exercise Conducted at Skardu Airport

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:28 am

^ surprise exercise cannot be performed at sensitive public place like airport. It's not a school classroom where a teacher can take surprise test of students.

Authorities make or can make segments of airport exercise a secret but the exercise itself cannot be held as a surprise.

How can simulated scene of aircraft crash or airport fire be created & prepared on airside for the exercise without telling airport authorities about it? How can they bring people acting as injured passengers or acting as terrorists to airside without bringing it into knowledge of airport's security personnel? I don't think anyone would want to see someone acting as a terrorist getting killed by airport security not knowing that it's an exercise.

And, who's going to stop news media from spreading panic nationwide with breaking news like "airport attacked" or "aircraft crash" without knowing that it's an exercise?

Even airports in USA issue press release before holding such emergency exercise. See example on following link:

http://archive.mwaa.com/6552.htm

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Re: Emergency Exercise Conducted at Skardu Airport

Post by Shaheer » Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:00 am

Abdulrafeysiddiqui wrote:So then what is the use of this type of drill? When emergency situation occurs, it doesn't notifies to anybody.
practice makes perfect...

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Re: Emergency Exercise Conducted at Skardu Airport

Post by Abdulrafeysiddiqui » Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:36 pm

Abbas Ali wrote:^

And, who's going to stop news media from spreading panic nationwide with breaking news like "airport attacked" or "aircraft crash" without knowing that it's an exercise?

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We all know how our media reacts to every news.

And ofcourse, the ASF should be informed about that but what I meant was that like Fire brigade, Ambulances and other Airport side operation vehicles wouldn't be informed.

A surprise test actually is to test that which student prepares side by side and which student prepares himself at the last moment when examination is near!