St. Maarten’s Airport holds first evacuation drill today

POSTED: 11/22/11 9:13 AM

St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company NV (PJIAE) will be carrying an evacuation exercise between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. today in order to comply with its Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan. It will be the first time the emergency evacuation drill would be conducted at the new terminal building since it was inaugurated by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix on November 10, 2006.
According to a statement the drill, which is coordinated by the Operations and Fire Department, will affect the entire PJIA community including the almost 300 staff of the airport. Provisions have also been made to accommodate arriving flights and the drill is not expected to negatively affect operations
“The objective of the drill is to familiarize the staff and users of the airport with the required procedures on how to efficiently and effectively evacuate the terminal building in an orderly manner in response to an emergency situation in the terminal building and environs. We are urging all persons who will be using the terminal building and its surrounding areas on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, to please be calm and patient as the exercise is being carried out with everyone’s interest at heart,” PJIAE’s managing director Regina Labega said.
“There is absolutely no need to panic and we really would like to count on the cooperation of everyone as we conduct this exercise to further boost our emergency preparedness,” Labega added.

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