Emergency response exercise sharpens skills

Emergency response crew, including medics and fire fighters, honed their expertise and knowledge in a real-time emergency response exercise at Kunaye Airport near Lihir recently.

The scenario that played out during the exercise included a simulated fire and explosion, medical injuries and evacuations. 

“The eighteen volunteers situated within the aircraft suffered a variety of simulated conditions, including smoke inhalation, broken bones, lacerations, unconsciousness and panic, really putting the medics to the test,” said Lihir Manager - Security & Port Operations Malcolm Maddison.The scenario that played out during the exercise included a simulated fire and explosion, medical injuries and evacuations.

“Given the nature of some of the injuries the medics had to evacuate some of the ‘unconscious’ passengers via the emergency door. In the meantime, the firefighters were dealing with a simulated explosion, uncontained fire and smoke.”

The exercise was run by Newcrest in collaboration with PNG Air, Newcrest’s prime aviation contractor in PNG since August. It also included participants from Kunaye airport and International SOS.

“It was a great opportunity to test the emergency response capabilities of both Newcrest and PNG Air, as well as our contractors and suppliers,” said Malcolm. “The exercise was observed by independent reviewers who then provided feedback to capitalise on any areas for improvement.”

The exercise was just one of the regular real-time and desk-top drills that are conducted on a regular basis across Newcrest.

“The potential of an aircraft accident has been identified as one of Lihir’s Material Risks,” said Acting GM Business Support Felix Tavil.

“Emergency response is an important mitigating control to reduce the impact of an event like this.

Real-time drills are conducted at every relevant site on a two-yearly basis, with a desk-top exercise on alternate years, to ensure our people on the ground fully understand the risk and that we have practised our response to it.”

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