Airport Emergency Drill Scheduled for the Morning of July 5th

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GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM Airport) will commence with an emergency training drill on Tuesday, 5 July between 9.00am and 11.00am.

Various emergency services which will include, Ambulance, Police, Government Fire Department, Airport Fire Department and the Coast Guard, will be taking part in the drill on 5 July.

The purpose of this exercise is to assess the level of preparedness and coordination between SXM Airport and the country’s national emergency agencies in response to a simulated aircraft accident.

During the exercise, residents may see clouds of smoke in the vicinity of the airport and they may also note the heavy activity of firefighting units, ambulances, police and other

Emergency services involved in the exercise on the public roads.

Motorists are requested to cooperate and exercise caution. In addition, road closure will be in effect.

A live Emergency Exercise is a standard practice at airports and is sanctioned by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The main purpose is to train agencies to save human lives in the event that an aircraft accident occurs on or in the vicinity of the airport.