If you notice an abundance of emergency vehicles at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport today, it’s likely not a real emergency.
The airport is carrying out an exercise to enable airport and emergency response personnel to review and practice procedures in a safe and controlled environment.
The exercise is to comply with Transport Canada standards and recommended practices. It will involve a simulated incident on the airfield with participation from on-airport and off-airport emergency response vehicles and personnel.
Specifics about the drill aren’t being released to maintain learning outcomes.
A number of agencies are taking part, including all major airlines and civic, provincial and federal response units.
During the exercise, the airport will remain open as usual. In the event of inclement weather, it will be postponed.