If you see large numbers of emergency vehicles at Taree's Manning Regional Airport this Saturday, October 14, don’t be alarmed - it will be an emergency practice exercise in full swing, designed to ensure our emergency services can respond and are well prepared for any event at the Airport.
Conducting emergency exercises are a requirement of registration for public airports, and this opportunity is valuable for local emergency providers, according to MidCoast Council's emergency management officer, Andrew Blatch.
"Field exercises are the best way to practice response scenarios for emergency teams and for all stakeholders involved in the coordination of these events," Andrew Blatch said.
On Saturday, emergency services will convene at the Manning Visitor Information Centre on Manning Drive from around 9.30am, where they will be briefed on a scenario.
They will proceed to the airport as if they had a real life emergency call out.
Agencies will respond to potential patients and other situations common with an aeronautical incident.
"After the event there is a debrief session which usually provides some points for fine-tuning our local emergency responses," Andrew said.
The emergency exercises are held on weekends, so that volunteer rescue personnel can also be involved in these worthwhile events.
Signage will be placed on roads surrounding the Airport to inform road users that an exercise is underway.
The whole exercise is planned to wrap up around 1.30pm.