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MIAA enhances response to aircraft emergency situation

MIAA live-fire exercises
Fire and rescue teams participate in an exercise in readiness for any aircraft emergency situation. (JERRY S. TAN)

IN order to enhance the airport’s readiness in responding to any aircraft emergency situation, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Rescue and Firefighting Division conducted actual live-fire exercises at its training facility.

According to MIAA general manager Cesar Chiong, the activity was conducted to ensure that NAIA is ready to respond to any kind of emergency situation involving aircrafts.

“Different aircraft accident scenarios are designed to maintain competency of all personnel and test their capabilities. Trainings such as this are regularly conducted as prescribed under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Manual of Standards for Aerodromes and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards”, Chiong stated.

Chiong said that complemented with competent fire and rescue personnel, ten most modern firefighting vehicles, two sets of pneumatic aircraft lifting system and other rescue equipment, the MIAA Rescue and Firefighting Division is well equipped to handle NAIA’s requirements and at par with its regional counterparts.

The MIAA rescue and firefighting capability is rated as Category 10 compliant or equipped to handle large passenger aircraft such as the Boeing 777 or the Airbus A380, he added.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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