Airport assists in Emergency Services training exercise
  • Wednesday 28 August 2013

Sunshine Coast Airport, along with Queensland Police, Airservices Australia and other emergency services will be participating in a multi-agency training Exercise ‘Duck Dive’ at Marcoola today (27 August).

The Queensland Police Service will lead the exercise to be held offshore from the Marcoola Surf Club between 8am and 2pm. Traffic diversions will be in place to allow for smooth operations with minimal impact to non-exercise personnel.

Exercise ‘Duck Dive’ is constructed around a water-based aircraft accident scenario and will involve several ‘role players’ physically being rescued by boat and helicopter from the water. Land based medical assessment facilities, command, control and communication will be set up near the surf club.

The objective of this multi-agency exercise is to test the emergency response to an aircraft incident at sea – with an emphasis on communications, incident assessment, decision making and resource deployment in the co-ordination of activities surrounding the incident.

The exercise forms part of the Sunshine Coast Airport’s formal obligations under the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirements, to take part in simulated operations of this kind on a bi-annual basis.

The airport’s Operations Manager, Jason Rainbird, said, “Exercise Duck Dive is a fantastic opportunity for key agencies to work closely together in a realistic scenario situation, and test our Airport Emergency Plan in the process. It allows us to test our procedures and implement our training in a realistic environment.”