Report by Alan Tristram; photos by Ian Linning (Primo Foto)
The Fire Service, Police, Ambulances, Civil Defence and Airport staff have staged an emergency rescue at Kapiti Airport at Paraparaumu — to make sure they’re ready for the real thing.
‘Exercise Avion’ involved a plane with five people on board, which supposedly crashed just after takeoff in a scrub area near Avion Terrace at the southwestern corner of the Airport.One passenger was reported killed, and two others trapped inside the plane.
After the exercise and a ‘debriefing, the Kapiti Police Chief, Senior Sergeant Anita Dixon, said: ” This was Was a great exercise and things went well for all agencies — Police, Fire, Ambulance, Civil Defence and Airport staff.”
Gary Johnstone, one of the Paraparaumu Fire Station Officers, arranged the exercise, with Kapiti Aero Club members acting as ‘victims’ and playing other roles.,
Snr Sgt Dixon said the debriefing identified several issues which may need working on.
She noted Kin photographer Ian Linning’s report that he was able to overhear police radio comms and know exactly what was happening — as well as the fact that (as his photos show) he can get close up shots from a considerable distance away.
“This will be used in any future briefings I have for my staff at any major incident where media are likely to be present, she said.
And summing up, Senior Sgt Dixon added:: “A great exercise in all. It’s something that I imagine we’ll do on a regular basis to test all the emergency services and other agencies.”