ON OCTOBER 4, the emergency services at Dublin Airport were put to the test in a major exercise to test the airport's readiness for a serious emergency.
Dublin Airport is required under ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) and IAA(Irish Aviation Authority) airport licensing regulations to conduct regular major aircraft emergency exercises. Honouring that obligation, the DAA mounted a major emergency exercise on October 4 involving all of the airport's emergency services.
The purpose of the exercise was to test the airport's readiness to deal with a major incident and to test airport plans and how those plans integrate into the plans of the other rescue agencies involved. The exercise took place with the cooperation of the airlines at Dublin Airport, IAA, An Garda Siochána, Dublin Fire Brigade and the Health Services Executive. The emergency exercise took place between 8p.m. and 10p.m. flight operations were not affected during this time.