Full-scale emergency drill at Brussels Airport

April 29, 2013
On Saturday 27 April, Brussels Airport held its biennial full-scale emergency drill in conformity with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards. The drill started in the late afternoon.

The scenario: a van runs into a tanker and catches fire near a plane that has just arrived from Lourdes and is parked at the end of pier A. There is a real threat of the fire spreading to both the plane and the pier. Instant action is required.

The evacuation of the plane was quite a challenge for the rescue and emergency services as most of the passengers on board were in a wheelchair. Moreover, this was the first emergency drill held at the airport which required part of the pier to be evacuated. Not easy to stage at an airport in full operation. 

Operations were led by the governor of the Province of Vlaams-Brabant from the airport crisis centre. No less than 400 people took part in the drill, including the several fire brigades (Brussels Airport, Zaventem, Vilvoorde and Brussels), the Red Cross, DVI, medical teams from neighbouring hospitals and volunteers from the Brussels Airport staff.



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