Call for agencies to be aware of air emergency SOPs

Azlan Othman

Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Transport) at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) Pengiran Haji Mohd Zain bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Razak urged every agency to be aware of the relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and their roles and responsibilities, especially in the event of an air emergency.

He made these remarks at the Table Top Emergency Exercise Seminar for the Brunei International Airport, at Peak Performance Sdn Bhd yesterday.

Pengiran Haji Mohd Zain said the Brunei International Airport is holding the Air Emergency Table Top Exercise today, in conjunction with the International Civil Aviation Day celebrated every December 7.

“We are aware of the importance of awareness in terms of preparedness and readiness to ensure the safety of the airport, especially to aircraft, passengers and the public. Therefore, every agency should be aware of the relevant SOPs and understand their roles and responsibilities, especially in the event of an emergency.”

He added, according to ICAO Doc 9137 Airport Services Manual part 7 – Airport Emergency Planning, the airport has to carry out small and large scale emergency exercises, including Table Tops and Field Training Exercises.

ABOVE & BELOW: Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Transport) at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications Pengiran Haji Mohd Zain bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Razak delivers his remarks; and officers at the Table Top Emergency Exercise Seminar. PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN

Today’s seminar is intended to reflect and provide exposure and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of each member involved in this table top exercise.

“We hope the Table Top Exercise Seminar today will help us identify the weaknesses of the existing SOPs and, in turn, generate ideas for all of us to improve and design better and more effective SOPs.

“It is hoped that the updated SOPs will be tested during the Field Top Exercise (FTX) training scheduled for mid-2020,” Pengiran Haji Mohd Zain said.

The seminar is to emphasise the importance of knowledge by every stakeholder on their role to manage, tackle emergency at the Brunei International Airport, especially in handling an air crash. It involved 200 participants from both government and private agencies. Also present was Acting Director of Civil Aviation Ridzuan bin Haji Ahmad.