Positive response to late night simulation exercise at CJIA

DPI, GUYANA, Friday, November 10, 2017

In an effort to better equip and prepare emergency medical personnel, a simulation exercise was conducted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), on Wednesday evening. The drill replicated a plane crash.

This simulated crash landing which occurred at 18:44hrs involved fifty-four persons onboard who suffered various injuries, as well as two causalities.

Members of the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) tending to the injured during the simulation exercise.

Personnel from the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, and port health officials stationed at the airport all sprang into action to tend and evacuate those injured.

Minister within Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson said though such exercises are conducted every two years, it ensures that the country is better prepared to manage an emergency of this nature, should it occur.

“This particular exercise is beneficial for us (government) since it will allow us to see what are our strengths and weaknesses during an emergency. It will enable us to go back to the drawing board to see exactly what can be improved in such situations.”

Minister Ferguson also applauded the participation of the stakeholders in the simulation exercise, describing it as a positive one which shows cohesiveness and dedication towards helping those injured.

Additionally, Manmohan Balram, CJIA Operations Manager said the emergency simulation exercise, which is specified by the International Civil Aviation Authority allows the Airport’s administration to assess the facility’s preparedness for emergencies of this nature. It also helps the necessary personnel to understand their role in these situations and to improve their response time and capability to render medical assistance to the injured.

According to Balram, this is the seventh full-scale exercise designated and performed with the relevant stakeholders.


By: Neola Damon

Members of the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) tending to the injured during the simulation exercise.

Medical assistance given.



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