Syazwani Hj Rosli
The Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) invited Legislative Council (LegCo) members to the Brunei International Airport Emergency Response Exercise yesterday, as part of MTIC’s Muzakarah Programme with LegCo members.
The exercise, at the Royal Brunei Recreation Club of the Brunei International Airport, involved the simulation of an aircraft with engines stalled and on fire upon landing.
The exercise demonstrated the emergency and crisis preparedness of agencies such as the Department of Civil Aviation under the MTIC to test the emergency management plan to mitigate the consequences of an emergency.
The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) and the Ministry of Health (MoH), and other government, airline and airport stakeholders participated.
Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof observed the exercise.
Representatives from the Royal Brunei Airlines Board of Directors, and the Acting Permanent Secretary and Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Transport) at the MTIC were also present. After witnessing the simulated air crash, the LegCo members were brought to the crash site, where they observed a live simulation of the aftermath, along with a demonstration of rescue and firefighting procedures and casualty management by on-scene responders.
The LegCo members also contributed to a mock press conference, while role-playing as media personnel putting forward questions.
This is the second Muzakarah programme for LegCo members by the MTIC. An earlier Muzakarah on November 21 involved a Maritime Safety Exercise testing the crisis preparedness and communications of the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD), which saw MV Shuttle Hope – a vessel departing the Serasa Ferry Terminal for the Federal Territory of Labuan – undergoing simulated engine failure due to fire.
The MTIC initiative supports one of the six major Ministry Strategic Objectives under Safety and Welfare as outlined in the upcoming MTIC Strategic Plan 2025, to ensure that safety standards, readiness and compliance are ensured and stringently maintained in both the transport and info-communications sectors to ensure safety for operators and more importantly, for passengers and the public at large.