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Published on : Friday, May 19, 2017
Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) arranged a multi-scenario field exercise at the non-restricted area of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) this morning, giving various related parties the opportunity to review and refresh their contingency measures in case of an emergency incident at the airport.
The first scenario simulated a suspect who was noticed loitering and acting suspiciously at the Meeters & Greeters Hall in Terminal 1, near the ticketing counters of the Airport Express (AEL). MTR Corporation (MTR) staff reported the situation to the AA, which accordingly contacted Police and Aviation Security Company Limited (AVSECO). Following emergency response procedures, police subdued the suspect while passengers were directed to safe areas.
In another scenario testing emergency response measures to a fire and hostage situation in the AEL area, a simulated suspect ran to the AEL platform after loitering at the Meeters & Greeters Hall. He then boarded a train and set fire with a bottle of inflammable liquid on his hand, before returning to the platform with a hostage held at knifepoint. As part of the scenario, the suspect then pushed the hostage away and brandished his knife at other passengers on the platform. The MTR responded by guiding members of the public to safe areas. Police arrived upon the scene immediately and subdued the suspect at the AEL platform, while FSD extinguished the fire and medical teams attended to the injured. The exercise included simulated injuries to more than 10 passengers, who were diverted to the Assembly Point for medical treatment.
The exercise was jointly organised by the AA with the Airport Security Unit of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKP), Fire Services Department (FSD), MTR, AVSECO and other related medical teams – aiming to test relevant response procedures and plans in the event of an emergency situation, as well as to strengthen communications between parties and verify the readiness of equipment and facilities.
Each year HKIA conducts more than 100 drills, exercises and training seminars covering a number of operational disruption and emergency response scenarios, including severe weather, system failure, equipment malfunctions, public health incidents and security issues. Participants in this field exercise included the following organisations: (in alphabetical order)
• Aviation Security Company Limited
• Civil Aid Service
• Fire Services Department
• Hong Kong Police Force
• Port Health Office
• Raffles Medical Group