A fire broke out at the arrival terminal of the Brunei International Airport has caused a stir among the people in the building, yesterday afternoon. Thick smoke has prompted the public left the vicinity to a safer ground. Several people were injured in the incident. This was among the scenario of the Emergency Evacuation Exercise at the Brunei international Airport Terminal involving relevant government agencies.
The drill aimed at raising awareness on the safety among the officers and staff of the stakeholders at the Brunei International Airport. The exercise focuses on the procedure, measures and efficiency in handling as well as controlling emergency situation and the efficacy on the need and requirement on the preparation of the Airport Emergency Plan for the Department of Civil Aviation. The drill involved officers and staff from the Ministry of Communications, the Department of Civil Aviation, the Royal Brunei Police Force, the Immigration and National Registration Department, the Department of Royal Customs and Excise, the Health Services Department, the Internal Security Department, Narcotics Control Bureau, the Agricultural and Agrifood Department, the Fire and Rescue Department, Royal Brunei Airlines and stakeholders at the Brunei International Airport.
The Minister of Communications in an interview said the preparedness of the involving agencies in the drill was at a higher level. The Chief of the Health Safety and Environment Unit, Civil Aviation Department in an interview said the emergency exercise emphasised on the public's safety especially passengers in the International Airport.
Also present to witness the drill were Doctor Haji Supry bin Haji Awang Ladi, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Awang Yahya bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Director of Fire and Rescue and Retired Colonel Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said, Director of the National Disaster Management Centre.
Source: Radio Television Brunei