A volunteer gets “treated” during the disaster stimulation exercise at Pearson. (Photo: www.facebook.com/torontopearson)
TORONTO, Ontario—The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) conducted an emergency exercise at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Saturday, May 28th.
The exercise ran from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in several locations including the north end of the airfield, Terminal 3 and the Airfield Maintenance Facility on Convair Drive.
Throughout the exercise, passengers and people in the airport area could expect to see volunteers, emergency vehicles and personnel airside, as well as volunteers in Terminal 3 and other airport buildings. Theatrical makeup and smoke will be used.
The GTAA runs one full scale and one tabletop exercise per year to test protocols, procedures, communications and planning for emergency and/or security related incidents. Many agencies are involved in the planning and implementation of these exercises.
The scenario for the May 28th exercise involved an aircraft accident on airport property, and included friends and family response in Terminal 3 and other surrounding buildings.
Partnering agencies in this exercise include Peel Regional Police, Peel Regional Paramedic Services, KLM, Air France, and Delta Airlines, Transport Canada and NAV Canada.
Over 400 members of the public volunteered to participate as passengers and friends and family members for the exercise.