If you drove by YVR on April 29 you might have thought we were filming a movie with explosions and injured victims but in reality YVR was staging an aircraft collision to practice emergency response plans with business partners and the airport community. More than 600 volunteers played injured victims, passengers and family members, giving everyone involved a realistic experience.
The exercise scenario involved a commercial aircraft landing on the runway and crashing into a private aircraft crossing the same runway. A simulated aircraft wreckage, set on fire, was attended to by our AES Team. A family and friends zone was also set up to simulate the care and dissemination of information needed during an emergency.
The scenario was selected to involve as many responders as possible to test YVR’s Emergency Management Plan and those of its business partners. Planning for the exercise began in July 2014 and included the participation of 30 agencies including: BC Ambulance Service, BC Coroners Services, City of Richmond, London Air Services, Provincial Health Services Authority, Richmond Fire Rescue, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Salvation Army, Transport Canada, Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Vancouver Coastal Health, WestJet and more.
YVR’s Emergency Management Plan centres around three principles—prevent, prepare and practice and deals with all emergency situations including: aircraft incidents, natural disasters, medical emergencies, security threats or biological hazards. Emergency exercises are a key part of YVR’s Emergency Management Plan and are performed on a regular basis.
YVR would like to thank all the participants, volunteers and agencies for their ongoing commitment to safety.
For more awesome pictures from our emergency exercise click here.