Jersey Airport closes for emergency exercise

Nov 12 2011

Jersey Airport will close on Saturday for an emergency exercise.

The airport runway and terminal buildings will close at 19:00 GMT for the exercise to see how well it can respond to a serious emergency.

But the early close means a two night stay in the UK for Jersey's Rugby team who are playing third-placed Cambridge on Saturday.

The squad will now be staying overnight in Cambridge and returning via Luton on Sunday.

The JRFC website said: "Originally marked down as a one-night trip, the intention to return home from Gatwick on Saturday evening was scuppered by an emergency drill at Jersey Airport that night, meaning the squad will stay over in Cambridge before heading back from Luton on Sunday."

'Utmost importance'

Airport chief fire officer Andy Munns said the airport was obliged to take part in an exercise of this kind every two years.

He said: "It will enable all those involved to be better equipped to manage and react in the event of a real-life incident of this scale.

"The safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and as such, this exercise will help to maintain and where necessary, improve upon the procedures we currently have in place.

"I am grateful to our colleagues in the other emergency services for agreeing to participate as their involvement would be vital in a real life major incident."

Volunteers will act as casualties in the event, and airport authorities, ambulance staff, firefighters and officers from the States and honorary police will take part in the exercise.

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Reproduced under licence from BBC News 2011 BBC

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