Saint Lucia And Argentina Jointly Host Airport Emergency Planning Course

PRESS RELEASE – IN an effort to play its part in effective planning, coordinating and managing of responses to airport emergencies, the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation hosted a course in Airport Emergency Planning this week during the period 12th to 16th March 2018.

The objective of the course was to enhance the knowledge and skills of key personnel from various stakeholders who, according to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements, would need to be involved in the management of an Airport Emergency, should the unwanted occur.

The course was part of the Governments of Argentina and Saint Lucia bilateral cooperation project in Civil Aviation aimed at upgrading the technical competencies in Saint Lucia’s airport environment.

The execution of the said project is made possible by the Argentine Fund for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (FO-AR) in collaboration with the Argentine National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC).

The Civil Aviation Authority of Argentina, by means of its Training Centre (CIPE), has committed itself to put together a training plan based on the needs and areas of priority agreed by the Argentine mission and the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation after consultation with stakeholders and officials from the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA).

According to ICAO’s, Part 7 (Airport Emergency Planning) of the Airport Services Manual (Document 9137), an airport emergency plan provides the framework which enables airport and community fire protection, security, medical and other resources to join in an effective, coordinated response to airport emergencies.

The course, which included a practical airport tour of the Hewanorra International Airport on the last day, was delivered by Professor Gustavo GRAZIANI from the Republic of Argentina with local support.

With Safety being on the forefront of what we strive for, the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation believes the training has served its purpose.

Specifically a total of 22 participants from a wide cross-section of Stakeholders benefited from the initiative, who will return to their respective agencies with an enhanced understanding of the Management of Airport Emergencies and be in a better position to act should the unwanted need arise.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chief Aviation Officer, Mr. Eustace Cherry at 468-2180 or 486-1000, or the Civil Aviation Research and Technical Officer, Mr. Denis Regis at 468-2550 or 285-8879, at the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation.

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