Emergency services war gaming plane crash to test Derry airport emergency response capacity

City of Derry Airport. DER0414JM038
City of Derry Airport. DER0414JM038

The emergency services will mount a major training exercise at City of Derry Airport tomorrow, September 10, in order to test the facility’s emergency and safety capability.

The Airport is holding its biennial emergency training exercise at Eglinton from 9am to 2pm in partnership with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, the Coastguard (HMCG), Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT), British Red Cross, NI Rail, University of Ulster School of Nursing, North West Regional College and other voluntary organisations.

The purpose of the exercise is to test CODA’s emergency and safety capability.

A spokesperson for the airport said: “During the exercise there will be Airport Fire Appliances and NIFRs Fire Appliances (including Specialists Appliances) in the vicinity of the airport.

“A response by NIAS and the HMCG will also be anticipated. Response vehicles may be transiting to and from the airport during these times.

“The airport will be running the exercise outside of normal operational hours.

“The public can be assured that emergency fire and rescue cover will not be affected during this time.

“We thank the public in advance of this exercise for their co-operation, with disruption to the public being kept to a minimum.”