Emergency Management Exercise at Paraburdoo Airport

Emergency Management Exercise at Paraburdoo Airport


6 June 2017

This year, Sodexo coordinated a full-scale exercise on Friday 2nd June involving a scenario where an aircraft had experienced landing gear failure, and on landing, veered off the runway, broke in two and caught fire with numerous passengers on board.

Paraburdoo Airport is a Certified  Airport in the West Pilbara Owned by Rio Tinto and Operated by Sodexo as part of the Integrated Facilities Management Services (IFMS) Contract. Civil Aviation Regulatory Requirements call for a robust Aerodrome Emergency Plan to be in place that must be tested annually.

The exercise was designed to test a multi-layered and multi-agency response. Response agencies included first responders, provided by the airport staff including Security and Ground Handlers, second and third responders including Paraburdoo Volunteer Fire Service (FESA), Mine Site Emergency Response Teams, local Ambulance and ultimately the Police who are the primary incident control agency for all aviation incidents.

This was an ideal opportunity to test integration of the recently introduced Sodexo Basic Aerodrome Emergency Response capability with all local response agencies. This allowed the combined regional response capability to be tested in their own aviation-related emergency response drills.  All agencies gained tremendous value out the exercise, in particular, the multi-agency command and control interoperability.

We were also lucky enough to have volunteers from the local community, community welfare support agencies and observers from FMG Solomon Airport Emergency Response Team in attendance.

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Note: Many thanks for photos taken by Brett Sharpe, Rio Tinto Health and Safety Superintendent Paraburdoo.