Emergency plan tested

A reported plane crash at the Vernon Regional Airport Thursday was part of an emergency response simulation

A mock emergency was held at the Vernon Regional Airport Thursday. (photo submitted)

There was significant potential for loss of life and carnage.

However, a reported plane crash at the Vernon Regional Airport Thursday was part of an emergency response simulation.

“We want to make sure our emergency response plan is ready in case we have an accident,” said Ian Adkins, airport supervisor.

Transport Canada mandates that the airport conduct a full-scale emergency exercise every four years.

On Thursday, the scenario consisted of a plane with four passengers making an emergency landing at the Tronson Road facility.

On scene were all agencies that would be involved in a disaster, including firefighters, the police and staff from various city departments.

“We play it out like an actual event and make all of the calls and decisions you would,” said Adkins.

“We make sure the plan works and there’s no holes in the plan.”

One issue identified was access to the airport for emergency personnel.

The simulation also provided the city with a chance to test how information is provided to the media and residents.

“It’s interesting to try and respond in real time. The city takes seriously that the information it puts out is accurate,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, communications officer.

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